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
Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
It is very difficult to the untrained eye to identify melanomas and skin cancers because they can come in many different shapes and sizes.
As Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. says, "the earlier a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the chance of avoiding surgery, or in the case of a serious melanoma or skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death."