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.