When Bud Stringer's wife shaved her head a few months back in preparation for chemotherapy, he decided to show his support by shaving off all his hair too.
But his sympathy extended far beyond mere gesture, as he soon learned that a dark, half-dollar-sized spot on his scalp — uncovered by the shaving — was cancerous.
"If it wasn't for his wife, and his shaving his head, he would have gone on for many months — completely unaware of this," said Dr. Vernon Sondak of the Moffit Cancer Center, where Stringer was diagnosed with stage three melanoma.
"By the time he would have had symptoms, it would have been too late," said Dolly, Bud's wife of twenty years, who recently wrapped up her chemotherapy sessions. Her husband is set to start his in a few weeks.
"We just take it one day at a time and schedule it one week at a time," she said.