Posted: 23:37 GMT, Jan.. November 2020 | Updated: 23:45 GMT, Jan.. November 2020
A recruiter who grew up under the hot Australian sun has a five-centimeter scar after removing a tiny cancer patch no bigger than a freckle from her leg.
Kate Doube never paid particular attention to the safety of the sun until she noticed a « black dot the size of a needle’s head » on the front of her right shin in January 2020.
The 27-year-old from Sydney’s northern beaches, who was regularly sunburned and rarely wore sunscreen, had only done two skin exams in her life before discovering the innocent-looking ink-like mark.
Despite her apparent insignificance, Ms. Doube tried to shake a « gut feeling » that something more sinister was lurking on her leg, and two months later, on Dec.. March, she went to a clinic on her lunch break to have it checked out.
That instinct was razor-sharp, and just a few days later an otherwise healthy and healthy woman Doube was diagnosed with melanoma in situ – the earliest form of skin cancer that sits on the skin but has not yet penetrated the surface.
Sydney recruiter Kate Doube (pictured) never paid particular attention to the safety of the sun until she noticed a « black dot the size of a needle’s head » on the front of her right shin in January 2020
This innocent ink-like mark on Ms. Doube’s right shin is melanoma in situ – the earliest form of skin cancer that sits on the skin but has not yet penetrated the surface
‘The doctor could only tell by looking. I felt so sick that I had to go back to work immediately and it was really traumatic, ”Ms. Doube told Daily Mail Australia.
At home, wavering from the news, she poured out photos and found that the stain had been growing on her leg for at least a year without getting bigger but getting darker.
Ms. Doube was fortunate to have her melanoma in the process and a simple procedure was all that was required to remove the growth.
The incision left a scar that extends eight inches above her leg and serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of sun safety regardless of skin type.
A procedure to remove Ms. Doube’s melanoma left a scar that extends over three inches above her leg and serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of sun safety.
Since her diagnosis, Ms. Doube (pictured with her fiancé James) has said that her attitude towards sun safety has « completely changed »
Kate Doube is just one of more than 13. 000 Australians diagnosed with an illness each year.
According to the Australian Cancer Council, Australia and New Zealand have the highest melanoma rates in the world. One in 13 men and one in 22 women were born before age 85. Year of life diagnosed.
Anyone can develop melanoma, but the risk is increased in those who have unprotected sun exposure, tanning and sunburn in childhood, more than 10 moles above the elbow and more than 100 on the body, and pale, fair or freckled skin strong family history of melanoma.
The incidence of melanoma varies widely from person to person, but the first sign is often a new stain or a change in the shape or texture of an existing mole.
Moles with different shades of color – brown, black, red, white, pink, and even blue – can become increasingly blotchy and increase in height, develop a scaly surface, itch, and bleed.
The first five letters of the alphabet will help you identify 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 advancement. 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.
The red flags come when Australian residents survive the « worst » heat wave of the year yet and mercury levels in the southeastern states rise to 50 ° C.
Jonathan M, forecaster for the Bureau of Meteorology, said the heat wave will « hit millions of people, creating dangerous fire weather conditions for several states ». .
In addition to warning of bush fires, Mr. How warned that the heatwave itself will be a « big silent killer » as it causes hyperthermia, dehydration and skin cancer.
« The hot days and warm nights will make it difficult to recover, especially for those in need, » How said.
‘People are being hospitalized and it’s really dangerous, so it’s important to be aware of the heat and be careful. ‘
« To be completely honest, when I got sunscreen ads on TV as a kid, I always muted it, » she said. “Now I realize how stupid and naive I was. ‘
These days, she never leaves home without an SPF 50, never sunbathes, and always wears a hat to protect her now « high risk » skin, which needs to be checked every six months and closely monitored for the rest of her life.
Ms. Doube has removed two more birthmarks from her back in the eight months since her diagnosis, although luckily none were cancerous.
Dr. David Lim, who works at Cutis Clinic in Brisbane, Queensland, shared a video on the importance of using sunscreen. He said that your face and neck should be wiped with five grams – or a teaspoonful of sunscreen – to be effective.
The average-sized adult also needs a teaspoon of sunscreen for each limb and for the front and back of their upper body, making a total of 35 ml.
1. Choose a sunscreen that is cosmetically elegant. This means that you will enjoy it. The skin is as individual as you are, so I cannot recommend any particular brand. In general, Invisible Zinc is cosmetically elegant and preferred by many. Sunscreens from La Roche Posay are like that.
2. Always use a hat or physical barrier for extra sun protection. Even the best sunscreens do not protect against long-wave UVA and visible light.
3. Apply often twice a day if possible. Even more so when you go to the beach, surf, or exercise outdoors.
4. Use the right amount. Five grams are needed to cover your face, ears, neck and part of your cleavage. Physical sunscreens provide instant protection, while chemical sunscreens must be applied 20 minutes before UV exposure.
Ms. Doube believes the Australian government could increase its investment in social media campaigns to raise awareness about sun protection and work with popular influencers to get the message across to impressive young teenagers.
« Sun damage occurs when you are young – the effects affect you later in life, but damage occurs early, » Ms. Doube said.
‘I upload things to Instagram when I go to check out and a lot of people have reached out to me and said, « I’m getting my skin checked for you. « .
‘If posting about it helps another person avoid melanoma, I feel good about it. ‘
For more information on melanoma and warning signs, visit Melanoma Patients Australia or the Australian Cancer Council.
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