What is your name?
My name is Wayne Annan.
Fit, healthy and strong.
I always played sport in New Zealand, including Ironman triathlons, marathon running, kayaking and swimming. I have also completed many 160km - 200km bike rides.
How did you discover your skin cancer/melanoma and how long ago?
I have had a number of events over the last 10 years that have required surgery. I am 63 yrs old and had a heart transplant in September 2017. I have experienced both basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and have not yet had any melanoma.
As I am on immune suppression drugs now the latest outbreak has been very aggressive and has required major reconstructive surgery of my nose. From the time the first sight to over 8 weeks it became very serious.
What is your attitude towards sun protection today?
As I cycle for exercise I now ensure I have full body cover when outside, and have now purchased items from Solbari. When getting ready to go outside I apply sunscreen and carry it with me. I ensure I am covered and try to avoid the strong afternoon sun as much possible, so I do my training in the morning or later in the evening.
What would you tell your 16-year-old self about sun protection?
When I was young we ran around all summer with no shirts on, and little if any sunscreen. I tell my grandkids to cover up and slip, slop and slap, not to lie in the sun to get a tan. I tell them that you will only find out what the damage is when you are older.
Thank you Wayne, for sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.