My name is Teresa.
Caring, friendly and happy.
I work as a Theatre Nurse.
Despite a surgeon advising that I should get my moles checked, it was years before I actually went through with it. Every now and then I would catch a side glimpse of the mole that was on my neck near my ear - it appeared to be changing but I couldn’t be sure. A part of me was afraid to know the outcome so I left it.
One day my sister mentioned that the mole on my neck was getting bigger and it was all different colours. "Okay," I thought to myself, "no more ignoring the problem, it's time to get it checked!". Sure enough, it had to come out.
Then the call I was dreading came; it turned out it was melanoma in the early stages and I needed a re-excision. From that point on, I made sure to have 6-month checks as I have quite a few moles. I've since had another one removed that was in the process of changing shape and colour.
Just fair skin with lots of moles.
Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. My make up is high SPF and my beachwear clothes cover up the majority of my skin. I always keep hats and sunscreen handy in the house, car and all my bags.
Get out of the sun, stop getting burnt and get your skin checked!
Thank you Teresa 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."