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Suffolk: Skin cancer patient warns others to be vigilant and check moles regularly

07:59 22 April 2014

Ellen Widdup was diagnosed with skin cancer last year

Ellen Widdup was diagnosed with skin cancer last year

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A year ago, Ellen Widdup, of Woodbridge, was diagnosed with melanoma in situ – the very earliest stage of melanoma.

It was malignant and removed by excision, but only because she was extremely vigilant about checking her skin and noticing mole changes.

“I would urge anyone who notices any changes – however small – to see their GP and insist upon a referral to a specialist for a mole check,” she said.

“I was an irresponsible teenager – one who sunbathed a lot and did not take enough care of my skin. I’m fair and freckly and so fall in a high risk category.

“It’s only as an adult you really realise the folly of your youth but I have been extremely lucky that my lesson was not more painful. My skin cancer was caught early and was treatable.

“I hope these figures show everyone – but young people in particular – how prevalent this type of cancer is.

“There is a lot that can be done to protect your skin and lower your risk. No sun tan is worth the frightening experience of being told you have cancer.”

2 comments

  • I would like to know why skincare products that are designed to protect us from the sun are rated at 20% for VAT purposes!

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    John Shirley

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

  • In relation to skin cancer. Why are the insurance companies loading people with minor forms of skin cancer. Ie basel and squamis.I recently applied for travel i nsurance and was asked if I had cancer. I said yes and asked them if the 5 year rule still applied and was told thtat some companies njw will load if you have had cancer any time in your life.

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    barry levine

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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