Renowned streamer and gamer Ninja, real name Tyler Blevins, has revealed some shocking information. He shared on social media that he received a melanoma diagnosis, a form of skin cancer. This was discovered when a mole on his foot caused worry during a routine examination. 

Understanding melanoma

Melanocytes, the cells that produce pigment, are the source of melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Although it can occur elsewhere, sun-exposed skin is the common place to find it. Itching or bleeding, as well as changes in the size, color or appearance of moles, are symptoms to be aware of.

Early detection saves Llives

Ninja stressed the value of routine skin examinations. He described how a routine visit to the dermatologist led to medical professionals’ early discovery of a mole on his foot. Ninja’s story emphasizes the value of preventative healthcare practices, which are essential in the fight against cancer since early detection is critical.

Ninja shared his diagnosis on Twitter.

“A few weeks ago, I went to a dermatologist for an annual skin/mole check that Jess proactively scheduled for me. There was a mole on the bottom of my foot that they wanted to remove just to be careful. It came back as melanoma, but they are optimistic that we caught it in the early stages,” Ninja said.

When Ninja revealed his diagnosis, friends, fans and other creators poured out their support. They urged him to be strong and gave him encouragement.

Spreading awareness

Ninja encouraged everyone to prioritize routine exams and used his platform to spread awareness about skin cancer. 

He underlined, “Please take this as a PSA to get skin checkups.” Taking a proactive approach to one’s health can significantly improve the likelihood of identifying such problems at an early stage.

Feature image courtesy: Ninja