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Steve Dodge of Richmond, VA, was getting a haircut when his hair stylist noticed a mole on his scalp which turned out to be skin cancer.

What started out as a simple haircut turned into a life-saving event for one Richmond, VA man.

According to NBC12, Steve Dodge went into his local hair salon for his usual haircut. Chen Thai — his hair stylist of roughly a year — was cutting his hair when she spotted something strange.

“She looked at my scalp as she always does, and said, ‘I noticed something here that looks a little different. You have a mole that’s asymmetrical. The color looks a little suspicious to me,” Dodge said.

Thai had actually first noticed the mole several months before, and had been closely monitoring it whenever she cut Dodge’s hair. This time, she noticed the mole looked drastically different, which is why she advised Dodge to go see a doctor.

As NBC12 reports, the doctor determined that Dodge had skin cancer. He underwent surgery two weeks ago and is now cancer free.

Dodge is grateful to Thai for helping to save his life, but she remained humble.

“Sometimes people think I make a big deal, but it’s my job to tell them what I see.” Thai said.

Dodge said he wants to help others spot Melanoma early.

“I’m trying to put together a program for the hair care industry to see if they can be the first line of defense out there, because they are the ones that are looking at your hair and if they know what to look for, they can alert consumers,” he said.

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