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WATCH: Josh Paschal on the TODAY Show!

Josh Paschal captured the hearts of the BBN last season when he was diagnosed with melanoma on the bottom of his foot. Now, he’s captured the hearts of the millions of viewers who tuned into Monday morning’s Today Show. And, of course, he rocked a UK Football jacket on the air.

Paschal’s story is especially unique, as melanoma is incredibly rare in young African Americans.

“Growing up, and being so young, I never thought of cancer – period. And I am an African American male, so I never thought of skin cancer as a possibility,” Paschal said on the show. “I was really ignorant to what it even was, so I had to learn more about it just to even know what I was going through.”

Throughout the interview, Paschal details his multiple procedures and gives an update on his current health – he is still receiving immunotherapy treatments to help ensure the cancer doesn’t return.

He’s joined by fellow melanoma survivor Tracy Callahan and a dermatologist. The interview comes as part of “Melanoma Monday” for Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

The Today Show did a longer feature on Paschal that premiered online over the weekend.

This profile goes more in-depth on the three surgeries Paschal underwent, as well as showcasing more of the UK Football training areas and an interview with the Cats’ athletic trainer, who first encouraged Paschal to have his foot checked out by a doctor.

Paschal says he hopes his story brings awareness to the disease – especially regarding the possibility that it can affect African Americans, even in low-exposure areas such as the bottom of your feet. Early detection is key for treating a disease such as this one, so always get any irregular places looked at by a doctor as soon as possible.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

5 Comments for WATCH: Josh Paschal on the TODAY Show!

  1. As someone who also had a recent case of melanoma, I’ve naturally done some reading up on it. I never knew until just the other day that this is what Bob Marley died from. Also, when I was diagnosed, I mentioned Paschal’s case to a nurse, and she said lots of black people don’t wear sunscreen, but for the ones who do, they often don’t put it on the bottom of their feet and so there is excessive exposure while laying on the beach.

    Wear sunscreen, and remember your feet while at the beach folks!

    • runningunnin.454
      11:58 am May 6, 2019 Permalink

      And, I think, Bob Marley didn’t seek treatment due to his religion. The world lost a great talent at a very young age.

    • RealCatsFan
      12:11 pm May 6, 2019 Permalink

      I read somewhere that Bob Marley’s started under his toenail. He thought it was bruised from playing soccer. The nail bed is very vascularized, so it is understandable that the cancer had a very easy time metastacising. It is even worse if you develop a melanoma on the head or neck.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      1:51 pm May 6, 2019 Permalink

      It’s like these measles outbreaks if you don’t protect yourself eventually it can catch up to you.

    • mashburnfan1
      2:32 pm May 6, 2019 Permalink

      Friend of mine had it in face areas, he was a pool builder in Florida. He ended up having a horrible death. Best wishes to all, especially Josh and you Chris, for a successful battle vs this.