My mother died from malignant melanoma, exactly one week after Tim, actually. It eventually spread absolutely everywhere. Although I'm not religious at all (my mum was, though), I still like to ponder the unknown. They were both the same age, passed around the same time, from a similar disease, and she was very keen on keeping fit, so I like to think they've crossed paths and he's helping her out like he has helped me over the years.
In my mothers case she had a non threatening form about 4 years ago, on her leg. Got it cut out and got the all clear. Got the all clear for almost 3 years. Apparently the 3 year mark is quite significant, although right before this is when my mum found another lump. Not to scare anyone or anything but, next thing we knew she was given, in all likelihood, 3-6 months. Statistically with what she had, less than 5% make it beyond one year, and she lasted 10 months.
I wonder if they should screen better but, who exactly are "they" and what are the logistics involved, ya know. I realise it's complicated. Obviously with my mum the cancer was working away internally whilst externally she was getting the all clear. My dad said the screens basically involved having a look a round and saying, "yeh, looks fine, see you in 6 months". All the while the most aggressive form of skin cancer and surely one of worse forms of cancer ever (I have no experience with any other) was working away under the surface.
So, yeh, I think screening is a huge deal.
I know health care is different in the US, and I wonder if this may of been a factor in Tim not getting his addressed. I used to be quite critical of our national health service but, not any more. They're not so great if you have a bad knee but, if your terminally ill I doubt you'd get any better treatment anywhere else, at least in our experience anyway.
Anyway, not that I want to turn this into a religious debate or a healthcare debate, as we've all been there before, plus, we don't have Tim to come in and keep us under control so it's a recipe for disaster.
Another great person taken by this horrible disease.