A mother-of-two who is dying of skin cancer has warned of the dangers of the Love Island culture encouraging young people to tan. Shellie Clark, 38, fears there will be a huge spike in melanoma cases in the next few years among young fans of the ITV2 show. The former bar manager, of Maidenhead, was diagnosed with the deadliest form of skin cancer in March and was initially told she had just three months to live. The cancer has spread from her skin to her ovaries, adrenal glands, soft tissue, lymph nodes, lungs, chest wall, both breasts, neck glands and brain. She warns that if it can happen to her - someone who rarely sunbathed - it will happen to young people who spend hours in the sun with little protection. It comes after Love Islander Amy Hart revealed on Loose Women that the girls on the show ignored producers and refused to wear sun cream. And Cancer Research revealed rates of melanoma have soared by 45 per cent in ten years amid cheap flights to sunny countries. … [Read more...] about Mother, 38, who ‘never sunbathed’ is dying of skin cancer
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From blood tests in the post, to watches that track your heart rate, we’ve never had so many ways to monitor our own health. Even the NHS is getting in on the act, with Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust launching a private blood testing service for curious consumers, offering checks for vitamin D levels, thyroid problems or diabetes, with prices starting at £24. But here we’ve collated simpler — and cheaper — ways to give yourself an MOT in the comfort of your own living room. Note: None of these should be considered a substitute for professional medical advice — always consult your doctor about any health concerns. Did you know? According to King’s College London researchers, those with more than 11 moles on their right arm were likely to have more than 100 moles on their body in total COUNT MOLES ON YOUR ARM: Skin cancer risk People with more than 100 moles are more at risk of developing melanoma — the most dangerous skin … [Read more...] about 12 super simple health checks you can do in your living room
Having had skin cancer twice — once on her arm as a teenager and another on her back, four decades later — Lavinia Newlands was understandably nervous when, two years ago, she developed a raised brown patch just above her lip. There was also a smaller rough patch under her right eye (which she could feel but was difficult to see in the mirror). They’d slowly emerged over months. Neither looked like the skin cancers she’d had before: these had been basal cell carcinomas (BCC), which typically form red, scaly patches that can ulcerate and scab. But Lavinia, 62, was concerned, and feared more bad news — not least because she’d often had sunburn as a child. ‘I grew up in a generation who didn’t know about sunscreens,’ she says. ‘I spent summers on British bucket-and-spade holidays, running around all day outside without any form of sun protection. I remember peeling off my swimming costume and howling as my skin was so sore from … [Read more...] about Is this proof the NHS wonder cream can reverse sun damage?
A MAN who went to the doctor with growths covering his tongue discovered it was an early cancer warning sign. The 59-year-old, who had skin cancer three years earlier, had gone to a dermatology clinic for a routine check-up. During examination, the medic noted that his tongue was covered in papillomas - benign lumps caused by an overgrowth of tissue on the outer surface of the skin. He explained that they had been there for years, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.His face and chest were also covered in multiple skin tags and he had wart-like pimples on his hands and feet. The man, who was not identified, also had macrocephaly - or an abnormally large head - benign gastrointestinal polyps and thyroid nodules. Higher cancer risk He said members of his family also had the same conditions. Given the patient's personal and family medical history, the doctor suspected he had Cowden syndrome - an inherited condition characterised by multiple, non-cancerous growths … [Read more...] about Man’s tongue is engulfed by tumours – a rare early cancer warning sign
Robert "Bo" Nevarez, 62, senior detective with the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department, vividly recalls the day he discovered an unusual lump on his neck. It was a Saturday morning — April 1, 2017 — and Nevarez and his wife planned to go to lunch. He was shaving in preparation to leave when he found the unexpected nodule. "And I noticed it hadn't been there the day before," Nevarez said. "It was a hard lump. And, it was about the size of a pecan. It was noticeable." Nevarez had previously read that people should watch for lumps in connection to cancer. And he was aware there are lymph nodes in a person's neck that could be susceptible. So he told his wife, Antoinette, about the discovery, and the two immediately shifted the day's schedule. Before long, Nevarez was being seen by a doctor at a Las Cruces urgent care facility. Nevarez recalls the physician didn't like what he saw. "He said, had it been a soft lump, he wouldn't have the concerns that … [Read more...] about Fighting cancer and crime: Doña Ana County detective shares challenging experience