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NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 SPORTS) – Troy Aikman won three Super Bowl titles during his 12-year career as a quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys. Now, the Pro Football Hall of Famer is hoping to help people learn more about the treatment and prevention of melanoma skin cancer.

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Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and affects approximately 73,000 people in the United States each year.

In 1998, while still playing quarterback with the Cowboys, Aikman was diagnosed with Stage II Melanoma. He was fortunate because the cancer growth was caught early, before it spread (metastasized). The melanoma was successfully removed through surgery.

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Today, the now 49-year-old Aikman is encouraging advanced melanoma patients to “mark their opponent” and better understand their disease as part of a new “Melanoma Just Got Personal” initiative.

Click here to find out more about the skin cancer initiative.

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