Melanoma is a widely spread type of skin disease but it’s not as common as other types of skin cancer. It’s more likely to occur in people living in sunny climates and it’s dangerous if not found early. According to reports there are about 48,000 melanoma related deaths every year.
Bob Marley, who is associated with reggae music and the Rastafarian movement, died of melanoma at the age of 36 because he refused to undergo surgery. In the summer of 1977 Marley injured his big toe during a soccer game. However, he told his manager that he had been having problems with his toe for years. Several weeks later he hurt his toe again and after a doctor in London did a skin biopsy, Marley was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. The singer refused to have surgery and returned to Miami where his diagnose was confirmed but Marley didn’t changed his mind.
Due to his Rastafarian beliefs, he wasn’t keen on the flesh-cutting method of surgeries and tried herbal remedies instead. Eventually, the melanoma spread to his brain and lungs and Marley died several years later.