I got skin cancer TWICE in one year – I was a sunworshipper using only low factor sun creams & going on sunbeds weekly
A MUM who got skin cancer twice in one year after using low factor sun creams and going on sunbeds WEEKLY wants to warn others of the dangers of them.
Lisa Costello, 39, from Colchester, Essex, dubbed herself a ‘sun worshipper’ but has since been forced to change her life around.
In 2015 Lisa, who works a driving instructor, tragically lost her dad, Geoff Cleal, 59, to skin cancer that eventually spread and led to an incurable brain tumour.
After losing her dad, Lisa decided to start checking her moles regularly and went to the doctors in December 2018 after finding one that had changed in size and shape over the course of a few weeks.
I was a sun worshipper – I would use the lowest factor sun cream on holiday, use sunbeds weekly and would sit out in the sun a lot longer than I should have
Doctors discovered the mole was stage one melanoma and she was quickly sent to have the mole removed, but the deadly cancer returned in February this year after Lisa spotted yet another mole that turned out to be melanoma in situ.
Lisa said: “I was oblivious to skin cancer until we lost my dad.
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“I was a sun worshipper – I would use the lowest factor sun cream on holiday, use sunbeds weekly and would sit out in the sun a lot longer than I should have.
“The damage was already done.”
Because Lisa, who has four children – Danny, 16, Ciar, 13, Isabelle, 12, Franky, 8, – spotted the initial mole at the early stages, she managed to catch the cancer before it became stage two.
Lisa, who used to work in a tanning shop, added that regular check-ups and awareness of sun protection helped her spot the second cancerous mole too.
She said: “My dad saved my life.
“With this mole, we found it at the earliest possible stage.
“If I hadn’t lost my dad, I wouldn’t have got them checked because I didn’t even really know what melanoma was or how dangerous it was.
“I have four children and I want to see my grandkids – I have a lot of life to live.
'The damage was already done'
“Don’t underestimate how dangerous skin cancer is. A tan isn’t worth it – I’ve lost a number of people from the age of 25 to 40 to melanoma. It’s getting younger and younger.
“Get your tan out of a bottle.”
Lisa now uses her social media to advise about the dangers of UV rays, and is an ambassador for Melanoma UK.
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