Un­der their skin

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - By KYLIE WIL­SON

KYLIE Moore is the pic­ture of con­tent­ment as she en­joys play­time with her bub­bly young son Dy­lan.

But a scar on her neck tells the tale of her brush with one of Aus­tralia’s most com­mon forms of cancer – me­lanoma.

Ms Moore has been care­ful of the sun since her school days.

Given her vig­i­lance, the Wan­garatta mother of two ini­tially thought noth­ing of a mole on her neck – un­til it con­tin­u­ally be­came dis­lodged when play­ing with Dy­lan, and kept bleed­ing pro­fusely.

Even­tu­ally, tired of the bleed­ing and wor­ried about the mole, the 31 year old asked her doc­tor to re­move it in Oc­to­ber last year.

Two days later she was called in ur­gently to her doc­tor and told she had a stage two me­lanoma, which had grown 4mm deep.

She said her scare has re­newed her drive to be suns­mart, wear­ing long sleeve shirts and leg­gings in the sun, and keep­ing a close eye on her fam­ily’s skin to en­sure any ab­nor­mal­i­ties are de­tected early.

It has even changed her ap­proach to fam­ily out­ings, with warm weather trips to the park tend­ing to take place in the late af­ter­noon.

“Chances are high that they (me­lanomas) can pop up at any time,” she said. “I’m para­noid now. “Ev­ery­body should get checked out.

“I rec­om­mend ev­ery­one get a yearly check-up.”

It’s ad­vice sup­ported by Bright res­i­dent Paul Vey.

A na­tive Cana­dian, he is relishing the Aus­tralian out­door life­style, but was taken aback when a me­lanoma on his back was picked up dur­ing a reg­u­lar check-up.

“It was quite up­set­ting… these are things that hap­pen to other people,” he said.

Af­ter it was re­moved and con­firmed as me­lanoma, he had to re­turn to his doc­tor and have a big­ger sec­tion in his back re­moved to en­sure it did not spread.

“I found it very painful,” the 49 year old keen hiker and cy­clist said.

Mr Vey, who is al­ways care­ful to wear long shirts, sun­screen and a hat, urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to be watch­ful for signs of me­lanoma and “slip, slop slap”.

Me­lanoma is the most com­mon cancer in young Aus­tralians, af­fect­ing more people aged 15-39 years than any other cancer, and is the third most com­mon form of cancer in Aus­tralian men and women.

Early de­tec­tion and treat­ment of me­lanoma could save your life – as more than 90 per cent of me­lanoma can be cured, if de­tected and treated early enough. Look for: mole; To re­duce your chance of get­ting me­lanoma:

part of the day, and re­mem­ber, sun can re­flect off sur­faces such as wa­ter, sand and con­crete;

least, your back, shoul­ders, arms and legs; spec­trum sun­screen at least ev­ery two hours; and Me­lanoma In­sti­tute Aus­tralia is cur­rently fundrais­ing for con­tin­ued re­search, and a Me­lanoma March will be held in Mel­bourne from the Kings Do­main Gar­dens on March 23 – go to www.me­lanoma.org.au.

PHOTO: Luke Plummer

FAM­ILY TIME: Wan­garatta’s Kylie Moore, who had a me­lanoma re­moved from her neck, en­joys play­time with her son Dy­lan.

PHOTO: Vanessa Burgess

SUD­DEN DI­AG­NO­SIS: Bright res­i­dent Paul Vey was sur­prised when it was dis­cov­ered he had a me­lanoma.

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