Melanoma checks saved my skin

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Jackie Sin­ner­ton

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.

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