Melanoma warn­ings from Bon­nie

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

BON­NIE Stacey was only 21 years old when her doc­tor told her that a sus­pi­cious- look­ing mole on her back was melanoma.

Ms Stacey was hav­ing an­nual skin checks and when she asked her doc­tor to ex­am­ine the mole, the di­ag­no­sis was quick.

“I can tell you right now that is melanoma,” she told her.

Ms Stacey said she was shocked to hear the di­ag­no­sis, but now uses her ex­pe­ri­ence to mo­ti­vate other peo­ple to be aware of the risks and make smart choices.

She will be the guest speaker at a fundrais­ing lun­cheon to mark the Kirk­bride Melanoma Cen­tre’s 10th an­niver­sary on March 20.

“I did sun­tan when I was a teenager, but I thought I was too young to get some­thing like this,” Ms Stacey said. “You are not in­vin­ci­ble. “It’s be­com­ing more com­mon for young peo­ple to be di­ag­nosed with melanoma.”

Melanoma kills more young Aus­tralians aged 20 to 34 years than any other can­cer.

Af­ter treat­ment and surgery, Ms Stacey’s prog­no­sis is good but she will need to mon­i­tor it for the rest of her life.

She said the mis­con­cep­tion that hav­ing a tan made you look healthy was fu­elling some young peo­ple’s ob­ses­sion with tan­ning.

“Peo­ple should be get­ting skin checks ev­ery year and ed­u­cat­ing them­selves on the risks,” she said.

“If you are go­ing to the beach, go out­side of peak UV times: ear­lier in the morn­ing or later in the af­ter­noon.

“I work out­side, but be­ing aware of the risks hasn’t stopped me from be­ing out­doors.

“I cover my­self in sun­screen, wear long- sleeved shirts and wear a hat.”

Tick­ets are avail­able on­line at www.perkins.org.au/events/an niver­sary-lun­cheon or call 6151 0818.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d434236

Bon­nie Stacey is shar­ing her ex­pe­ri­ences with melanoma.

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