On June 16, 2011, a killer tried to perpetrate harm on Shelby Voss. A police report wasn’t filed, but an advocate emerged.
When Shelby was 31, the killer showed up in the form of a mole on her back. “My husband and mother pestered me to get it looked at, so I finally did,” says the young Cave Creek mom.
The mole was determined to be melanoma. “It was pretty bad,” recalls Shelby, explaining that skin cancer is considered a silent killer because, although it’s thought of as topical, it can sneak back in any form. When it does, it spreads quickly, typically targeting the organs.
Now she has a life-long commitment to regular checkups and warning others. “I’ll live with this forever,” she says, noting friends who use tanning beds and tan outside.
Another young mom she knows lost the fight. “I didn’t’ really understand skin cancer before this, and I know most people don’t realize that the threat of skin cancer is very high,” says Shelby.