Melanoma checks saved my skin
TONI Woodward has been diagnosed with melanoma twice and credits screening with saving her life.
The cancer survivor lives in a melanoma hotspot, according to the Australian Cancer Atlas.
Ms Woodward’s home suburb of Lowood, near Ipswich, has melanoma rates 44 per cent higher the Australian average.
In her early-30s, Ms Woodward was diagnosed with stage-two melanoma that had not yet hit her lymph nodes.
Since then, her skin has been under the intense scrutiny of doctors.
In 2012, another diagnosis of melanoma came as a shock, but again it was a stage-two diagnosis.
“Finding the cancer early has definitely been a lifesaver. I was first diagnosed in Sydney and when I told my doctor I was moving to Queensland he said, ‘are you sure about that. It’s the melanoma capital of world’,” Ms Woodward told The Courier-mail.
Her doctor uses photographic imagery to make sure there is not the slightest change to her spots.
EXPOSED: Lowood resident Toni Woodward has had melanoma cancers twice and is careful about spending time outdoors.