Sun dam­age ef­fects last a life­time

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

As Na­tional Skin Can­cer Ac­tion Week ap­proaches, one Man­durah res­i­dent would like to share his story and re­mind ev­ery­one to wear a hat and stay out of the sun.

Eighty-two-year-old Bob Nener has now sur­vived a num­ber of op­er­a­tions to re­move two melanomas from his face, and said af­ter spend­ing years in the sun with ab­so­lutely no pro­tec­tion he has now suf­fered a long bat­tle with skin can­cer.

“We had no idea of the dan­gers of the sun grow­ing up,” he said.

“I spent my child­hood rid­ing my push­bike from East Vic­to­ria Park to the beach where I met with friends and we would sun­bake and swim for hours.

“My skin would peel and then go brown as we worked on our tans and it was a con­stant cy­cle.”

Mr Nener and his wife Sylvia have lived in Green­fields for 10 years and now travel ev­ery three months to visit a skin spe­cial­ist in Perth.

“I spent 40 years re­mov­ing over 500 basal cell can­cers, and last year I had four op­er­a­tions to re­move the first melanoma be­neath my eye,” he said.

“A year later a lump ap­peared un­der my chin and it took a nine hour pro­ce­dure to re­move, and in­cluded tak­ing out 29 lymph nodes from around my cheek right down through my shoul­der.

“I also had to have one month of ra­di­a­tion at Royal Perth Hospi­tal to en­sure I was clear.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Can­cer Coun- cil, two in three Aus­tralians are di­ag­nosed with skin can­cer by the age of 70, and more than 2000 peo­ple die from skin can­cer each year.

Na­tional Skin Can­cer Ac­tion Week runs from Novem­ber 15-21, and is a re­minder for peo­ple to slip, slop and slap.

“This has been very hard on my fam­ily and dif­fi­cult for them to watch,” he said.

“The Can­cer Coun­cil have been an amaz­ing sup­port. They have rec­om­mended spe­cial­ists, and or­gan­ised re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and ther­apy, and I am feel­ing much bet­ter thanks to their ef­forts.”

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Eighty-two-year-old Bob Nener, pic­tured with wife Sylvia, is still suf­fer­ing, af­ter a life in the sun with­out pro­tec­tion led to the re­moval of two melanomas.

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