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'I didn't know it was skin cancer'
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Nadine's cancer was treatable
More and more young people are likely to get the deadliest form of skin cancer in the next few decades, Cancer Research UK has warned.

For the first time, people in their 30s are as likely now to be diagnosed with malignant melanoma as people in their 50s, research suggests.

If current trends persist, children could be three times more likely than their grandparents to develop such cancers, the charity says.

I wasn't what I would call a sun worshipper
Nadine Wilson

Nadine Wilson, from Essex, was 28 when she found out that a mole on her back had become cancerous.

"It was my sister that noticed it. She saw a mole on my back that looked a bit funny so I went to my GP to check it out.

"I hadn't really thought much about it because it didn't itch or bleed or anything."

Shock

Her GP referred her to a specialist who took a small sample of the mole. Tests confirmed that it was a malignant melanoma.

"I was shocked. I wasn't what I would call a sun worshiper," she said.

"I went on holiday every year for two weeks and would sunbathe then.

"I used to go on sun beds a couple of times a week to get a baseline tan just before my holiday so I wouldn't burn.

"But I am very fair-skinned and that means I am more sensitive to the sun. I have had sunburn too. It never blistered up or anything, but I have gone red.

"I had never really heard about malignant melanoma before. I had heard about skin cancer, but it was just one of those things that I never thought would apply to me," she said.

Fortunately, Nadine's cancer was still at a very early stage and had not spread. Her doctors were able to cut out all of the cancer and she has had no problems since.

"I was very lucky. I now know of people my age who have died of skin cancer," she said.

"My son was eight months old at the time that I found out I had malignant melanoma.

"He is now five and he has lovely white skin and that is the way it is going to stay," she said.


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