Popular Twitch Streamer Ninja Battles Skin Cancer: A Call for Awareness

Popular Twitch Streamer Ninja Battles Skin Cancer: A Call for Awareness
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Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, a household name in the gaming world and one of Twitch’s biggest stars, sent shockwaves through the online community in 27th March when he revealed his diagnosis of skin cancer. This article explores Ninja’s story, the importance of skin checks, and how early detection can make a difference.

Catching it Early: Ninja’s Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Ninja, known for his energetic Fortnite streams, shared his story on social media, revealing a cancerous mole was discovered during a routine skin check encouraged by his wife. Doctors diagnosed the mole as melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.

In a post on X, Ninja wrote, “Alright I’m still in a bit of shock but want to keep you all updated. A few weeks ago I went in to a dermatologist for an annual skin/mole check that Jess proactively scheduled for me. There was a mole on the bottom of my foot that they wanted to remove just to be careful. It came back as melanoma, but they are optimistic that we caught it in the early stages. I had another dark spot appear near it, so today they biopsied that and removed a larger area around the melanoma with the hopes that under the microscope they will see clear non-melanoma edges and we will know we got it.”

The Power of Early Detection

Fortunately, doctors believed they caught the cancer early. This highlights the crucial role of regular skin checks. The American Cancer Society recommends annual skin exams by a dermatologist, especially for those with:

  • Fair skin
  • A history of sunburn
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • Multiple moles

Taking Action: Prevention and Early Detection

Following his diagnosis, Ninja used his platform to raise awareness about skin cancer. Here are some key takeaways:

  • Schedule regular skin checks: Don’t wait for symptoms to appear.
  • Be aware of changes in your skin: Look for new moles, changes in existing moles, or any unusual growths.
  • Protect yourself from the sun: Wear sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days, and seek shade during peak sun hours.


Ninja’s story serves as a powerful reminder that skin cancer can strike anyone, regardless of age or background. By prioritizing skin health and scheduling regular checks, we can all take control of our well-being.

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