Trusting his instincts led to a rare cancer diagnosis

At the first sign that something might be wrong, Kevin thought he would just wait to see what happens — maybe his one-time symptom would go away. But in the middle of the night, he felt compelled to call to his doctor and leave a message. Tests revealed Kevin had mucosal melanoma — a rare form of skin cancer found inside the body. Today, he encourages others to take action when it comes to their own health.

Kevin got this tattoo, of two Montreal Expos tickets, in memory of his godfather who died of liver failure. They bonded over watching the team when Kevin was young. “He didn’t take his health seriously soon enough,” says Kevin, who hopes he can inspire others — especially men — to avoid the same mistake.

Click here to watch a video Kevin made announcing his diagnosis to his friends and family.

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