Hi, my name is Nigel Dove.
Great, family focused and goal driven.
I travel the world a lot with my job and I was away on a trip and saw something on my shoulder. I really didn't think anything of it and so left it for a month. Only to find it still there. I went to the doctors again not thinking anything other than a mosquito bite or some tropical bite (spider bite or sand flies). Within 45 seconds I was sent under the two week urgent rule.
I went to the dermatologist and it was confirmed that it was stage 1A invasive malignant melanoma 0.4mm vertical growth. Luckily I caught it just in time. The one thing I will say is go with your gut feeling. Something on this just didn't sit right.
I have never been a sun person but my job of flying round the world doesn't help. Now I use factor 50 as a daily moisturiser. Another Australian brand, SunSense sunscreen. In the picture I am wearing my long sleeve UPF50 top and my Solbari trousers. This is what I wear in the sun and I don't feel hot at all. Solbari products are great. I also do my own Mole Mapping.
Don't take any risks. Protect your skin.
Thank you Nigel for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Australia has one of the highest incidence rates of skin cancer in the World. By the age of 70, two in every three Australians are expected to have encountered issues with melanoma and non-melanoma related skin cancer.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has reported that 780,000 skin cancers were diagnosed and treated in 2010 alone. The Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, estimate that around 14,000 Australians were diagnosed with Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer in 2017.
When watching a golf event it's noticeable how many professional golfers wear arm sleeves or sun sleeves. You may wonder, why do they wear them?
In our latest blog, we discuss how Adam Scott and Rory Sabattini have been affected by skin cancer and the attitude shared by Rory Mcilroy in regards to sunburn and sun protection.