A lifestyle blogger who lost her father to melanoma warns of the deadly disease after finding a tiny cancer mark on her own leg a year later.
Louise Hay visited the Bondi Junction Skin Cancer Clinic in Sydney three months ago for a routine examination of her moles, only to find that a very insignificant looking freckle was actually a dangerous cancer.
"Around this time last year, I lost my father to melanoma. Since then, I've been very vigilant when it comes to getting my skin examined," she said in an Instagram story.
"Last week was my year-long check-up and they found a little mole on my leg that they removed and sent out to have a check-up to find out what it was, and yesterday I found out it was melanoma."
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Louise Hay visited the Bondi Junction Skin Cancer Clinic in Sydney three months ago for a routine check-up on her moles, only to find that a very insignificant-looking freckle was actually a dangerous cancer
Louise was told that the site was rated “Level Zero,” which means it is only on the surface of her skin and can be easily removed. She had caught it early (picture)
Louise was told that the site was rated “Level Zero,” which means it is only on the surface of her skin and can be easily removed. She had caught it early.
& # 39; This is great, you can just cut it out and it will be fine. I just got it removed today. I just wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone to have their skin checked out, ”she said.
"I never thought it would happen to me until my dad was diagnosed, and it's crazy to think I would never have done a skin check and found the melanoma I had if my dad hadn't gotten sick."
Louise's father Donald Hay, who made the Hayco company one of the world's largest brush manufacturers, died of melanoma on July 17th at the age of 76.
Louise's father Donald Hay (pictured with his daughter), who made the Hayco company one of the world's largest brush manufacturers, died of melanoma on July 17th at the age of 76
Louise shared the cut doctors had to make in her leg to remove the freckles on Instagram
His daughter believes he still takes care of me from up there after her own exposure to cancer became a story of survival and consciousness.
On her social media page, Louise posted a picture of what the mole looked like on June 5th, and later the major incision doctors had to remove it.
"I know everyone thinks they are invincible and it will never happen to them, but … just get your skin examined. Put a date with your friends in the diary once a year, ”she said.
After the pictures were released, the Sydney celebrity was inundated with thank you messages and many of her followers booked their own skin checks in response.
What are some warning signs of melanoma?
The first five letters of the alphabet will help you spot the warning signs of melanoma.
A stands for asymmetry. Most melanomas are asymmetrical. If you draw a line through the center of the lesion, the two halves will not match, so it will be different from a round to an oval and symmetrical common mole.
B stands for border. Melanoma borders tend to be uneven and have scalloped or notched edges, while common moles tend to have smoother, more even edges.
C stands for color. Multiple colors are a warning sign. While benign moles are usually a single shade of brown, melanoma can be a variety of shades of brown, brown, or black. The colors red, white, or blue may also appear during growth.
D stands for diameter or dark. While it's ideal to spot melanoma when it's small, if a lesion is the size of an eraser (about 6 mm or ¼ inch in diameter) or larger, it's a warning sign. Some experts say it is also important to look for lesions, regardless of their size, that are darker than others. Rare amelanotic melanomas are colorless.
E is for development. Any change in the size, shape, color, or height of a patch on your skin, or any new symptom in it, such as bleeding, itching, or crusting, can be a warning sign of melanoma.
"So many of you have booked skin exams," she admitted in a separate post.
“This was my annual checkup … where they found the mole that looked funny. I didn't see anything wrong with this mole, it just looked like a freckle to me, honestly it was so small. It looked normal. & # 39;
Louise encouraged her fans to follow the Call Time On Melanoma page, which dispels some of the myths about sunscreen and the amount of sunscreen you need to use to be safe.
Melanoma occurs when the pigment-producing cells that add color to our skin become cancerous.
She encouraged her fans to follow the Call Time On Melanoma page, which dispels some of the myths about sunscreen and the amount of sunscreen you need to use to be safe
While it's less common than basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), it's more dangerous because it can spread to other organs faster if it's not treated at an early stage, skincancer.org reported.
Australia has one of the highest melanoma rates in the world and is the most common cancer among 15- to 39-year-old Aussies, according to melanoma.org.
While most people believe that the hole in the ozone layer over Australia is the only cause of our high rates, it actually has more to do with migration.
Most Australians have the wrong skin type for those around them. Our country has been populated by people with lighter skin types whose ancestors came from much less sunny climates, such as the UK.
Less protective pigmentation makes our skin cells vulnerable to the sun's DNA-damaging rays, Cancerwa reported.
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