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Anthea Smith, who said she started tanning with the rest of her family at the age of 14, would have for the first time noticed a small red ball on her ear in adulthood. The 43-year-old journalist told Kennedy News and Media that doctors have repeatedly rejected flesh-colored growth until it turns brown and brown and begins to spread. She had shown her ear to a nurse during an exam in 2014 and had immediately made an appointment for an appointment the next day.
She claims to have been sent to a dermatologist at St. Helens and Knowsley University Hospitals for another skin lesion, but the tests have been shown to be benign. It was only when she was finally sent to a plastic surgeon for her ear in 2015 that she was diagnosed with aggressive melanoma.
Unusual moles, sores, bumps, spots, marks, or changes in the appearance or feel of the skin may be a sign of skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. New points on the skin or changing shapes, sizes or colors can also signal problems. The organization suggests following the "ABCDE" rule for monitoring moles and marks, that is, checking asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and changing characteristics.
They also suggest monitoring wounds that will not heal, spreading the pigment on surrounding skin, redness or swelling, itching or tenderness, and flaking, oozing, or bleeding. Smith said that his size began to scratch, itchy, and started to bleed with each touch, before the diagnosis.
"If the plastic surgeon had not evolved so quickly, I probably would not be alive today," said the mother of two boys at Kennedy News and Media. "It's scary, I feel like the general practitioner and the dermatologist have let me down a lot." At this point, the injury had been there for five years.
Smith underwent two operations in 2015 to remove his outer and outer ear, lymph nodes, tragus, salivary glands and temporal bones, according to Kennedy News and Media. The skin of her thigh was used to cover the hole left by the amputation and she lost the hearing on the left side.
"I recovered as best as I could, and then I had 32 radiotherapy sessions of the head and neck in January 2016," she told reporters. "It was absolutely brutal."
She stated that the treatment had deprived her of her sense of taste and left her with lesions in the mouth, throat and on the face. She was eventually equipped with an ear of the Aintree Prosthetic Department, which helps her to wear glasses. Follow-up exams have shown no evidence of the disease since 2016.
"I have always been worried, but I live as fully as I can today," she told the press briefing during her Australian vacation. "I'm trying not to look too much back in my past because I can not change what happened to me. I can not predict the future. "
Smith says that she tells her story in the hope of banning tanning beds and thinks that people do not necessarily understand the dangers of exposing the skin to powerful rays.
"It is not cut and off you go," she told Kennedy News and Media. "You live with as long as you can live. I had half of my head removed. I am not a martyr. I do not preach. But I will preach to save lives. "
A mother in Chicago was invited send a similar warning to young teens and adults who tan without sun protection after she is left with a giant hole in her face.
"Stop tanning," Carrie Doles told MDW Features. "Your skin will thank you when you are older."