Hair stylist spots customer's melanoma in time for treatment

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Chen Thai has only been Steve Dodges's hair stylist for about a year, but in that time the two have become very close.  Maybe it's because Chen helped save his life.

"She looked at my scalp as she always does, and said, 'I noticed something here that looks a little different. You have a mole that's asymmetrical. The color looks a little suspicious to me," Dodge said.

Little did Dodge know Thai had been monitoring the mole for several months. She said the mole changed very quickly, which is why she urged him to see a doctor.

When he finally went to the doctor, he found out it was skin cancer. He had surgery two weeks ago and is now cancer free.

He says he has Thai to thank, but she says it's all in a day's work.

"Sometimes people think I make a big deal, but it's my job to tell them what I see." Thai said.

Steve says helping others detect melanoma early has become his new mission.

"I'm trying to put together a program for the hair care industry to see if they can be the first line of defense out there, because they are the ones that are looking at your hair and if they know what to look for, they can alert consumers," he said.

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