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Your Story Series: Meet Helen

Solbari Blog: Your Story Series: Meet Helen

What is your name? 

Hello, my name is Helen Heard.

Describe yourself in 3 to 5 words.

Love of outdoors.

How did you discover your skin cancer / melanoma / skin condition and how long ago?

I have had spots burnt off my face hands arms since I was 22 years old, but the big wake up call was 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with Melanoma. Since then I have had 9 other skin cancer removed.

What is your attitude towards sun protection today?

I am very aware of my skin so I check myself all the time and I go for a skin check each year. But if I think I have a spot I go before the 12 month check to my surgeon. I also have my local doctor check me as well. Can never be too careful. As a result I also wear Solbari tops outdoors, sunscreen and a hat.

What would you tell your 16-year-old self about sun protection?

I would tell my 16 year old self to wear hats, Solbari clothing and sunscreen at all times. You can't repair damaged skin.

Thank you Helen for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.

The Solbari Team



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