Hi, my name is Suzanne Reaney.
I’m a grandmother with sensitive, fair skin.
18 years ago I could feel, but not see, a tiny lump at the base of my neck which was sometimes itchy, sometimes sore. This was diagnosed as Bowens Disease, the same cancer which had ultimately killed my maternal grandfather many years before after many surgeries and skin grafts. His was not diagnosed until it was a very large lump on the side of his face. I knew mine needed urgent action.
After surgery it has not returned, although I’ve had many lesser squamous cell carcinomas removed from my back and arms - all results from my teenage years of sunbaking and not taking seriously enough the damage which can be done by UV.
These days I cover as much of myself as possible with either clothing or 50+ sunscreen cream especially on the tennis court and try to spread the message of being UV aware. I’m due for some new sun aware accessories and after doing much research I think Solbari will best meet my needs.
Thank you Suzanne for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Australians love the great outdoors and our sunny skies make the Australian lifestyle one of the most envied in the world. Notwithstanding, the extensive “Slip Slop Slap” campaign, many Australians are still exposing themselves to the severity and dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
It's essential to check your skin regularly. Early detection of skin cancers is very important, especially for melanoma, as the survival rate is much greater when caught early. Research shows that it can sometimes be as little as a matter of months between when a melanoma is first detected to the point where it metastasises and becomes a lot more difficult to treat.