Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry has been blessed with an amazing musical career, belting songs like the Glee-rific “Don’t Stop Believing” that celebrate optimism. Recently, via a fan site, Perry disclosed a health scare: A lesion on his right cheek was biopsied and found to be melanoma skin cancer.
Steve Perry is not our patient, but he has long had a small oval mole on his right cheek. Chronic sun exposure can cause moles to "Journey" to the dark side, literally. In recent images, a larger, more irregular version of this lesion can be seen in candid pics. It is possible that this is the lesion that was biopsied.
A recent image shows an irregular shape.
The signs of skin cancer?
Presumably, the melanoma was superficial. Perry reports that he underwent two surgeries and was told that no further treatment was necessary. He made no mention of lymph node biopsies, a good sign. When caught early and excised, the prognosis for melanoma may be excellent.
We give Perry credit for coming forward with his experience. An image was posted showing a significant facial scar. In his post he jokingly compared his appearance to characters from "The Pirates of the Caribbean" series. Fans of skinema.com know that movie scars usually adorn evil characters. Not to worry, Perry. Even large facial scars can fade in color and show improved texture over time, aided with either surgical revision or laser treatments. He has every right to remain optimistic. Don’t Stop Believing…and for the rest of you, Don’t Stop Sunscreening.
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