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November 2014

Joe Roth: The Star Quarterback Who Played Despite Melanoma

Author Affiliations
  • 1Retired (Tutzing, Germany)
  • 2Joe Roth #12 website
  • 3Hudson Safe-T Light, San Diego
  • 4private practice
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(11):1201. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.310

As the college football season approaches, it behooves us to recall Joe Roth (1955-1977), the University of California, Berkeley, star quarterback in the mid-1970s, and perhaps the most famous athlete to die of melanoma.1,2 His story demonstrates extreme personal courage and dramatically documents changes in melanoma diagnosis and management.

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