Cancer survivor’s skin warning
PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 August 2012
WITH the summer at its peak, a cancer survivor from Weston has urged people to be aware of the dangers of the sun.
Geoff Catterall survived skin cancer and is now helping the NHS to remind people in the region of the damages the sun can cause to your skin.
The 65-year-old, of Martindale Court, had applied to renew his passport when his new photo revealed two moles on his face that were not there on the previous photo.
He went to see his GP and was referred to the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), where he was given cream for the moles and a biopsy was performed on a blister in his left ear.
Later that evening he noticed blood coming from his ear and had several stitches put in at Weston General Hospital.
He went on holiday, but received an urgent call to come back for surgery at the BRI as his moles were cancerous.
Thankfully the surgery was successful, and Mr Catterall only lost a small part of his ear.
He said: “Make sure you put sun cream on your ears – I never did and I learnt the hard way about the danger of the sun.
“I rarely go out in the sun any more but if I do, I apply plenty of sun cream and also wear a wide-brimmed hat.”
The NHS has released a series of tips to avoid skin problems, which include; spending time in the shade between 11am and 3pm; making sure you do not burn; covering up with a T-shirt, sunglasses and hat; and using high factor sunscreen which has high UVA protection.
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