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Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Letters - DOUG DEAN

Grow­ing up on an or­chard on the out­skirts of Syd­ney was filled with ad­ven­ture and hard work. I was al­ways out­side work­ing, play­ing or swim­ming in the river. Ul­ti­mately, I be­came cov­ered in freck­les. When I was 17, I moved to Bondi and dis­cov­ered surf­ing. It soon be­came my pas­sion, how­ever, I was for­ever sun­burnt.

When com­mut­ing to work, I al­ways had a copy of Reader’s Di­gest on hand. An ar­ti­cle I read in 1977 was about a type of skin can­cer called a me­lanoma. Back then this was a new word. The ar­ti­cle was in­for­ma­tive about the dangers and

showed pic­tures of var­i­ous types of melanomas. I knew in­stantly I had one on my thigh. When the train ar­rived at Wyn­yard, I went straight to my doc­tor. A few days later I was in hospi­tal hav­ing surgery. Months later, af­ter many tests, I re­alised I was lucky to be alive.

To this day I feel eter­nally grate­ful to Reader’s Di­gest. I still find it a great read and full of in­for­ma­tion.

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