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MANYpeople think they will
never get skin cancer, but odds
are, they will. Two out of three
Australians will be diagnosed
with some form of skin cancer
before the age of 70. Anyone
can develop it, regardless of skin
colour, general health or age.
Being of fair complexion,
Balaklava’s Stewart Moulds,
47, has always been diligent
when outside, by wearing a hat
and sunscreen, but he got a big
wake up call in July last year
after being diagnosed with an
aggressive type of Squamous
Cell Carcinoma (SCC) in his lip.
There are three types of skin
cancers, Basal Cell Carcinoma
(BCC), which is the most com-
mon non-melanoma skin cancer,
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
(SCC), and Melanoma, the least
common but most dangerous
about six months, which never
seemed to heal. Then it started
to look a
bit like a cold sore so I tried
various creams and ointments
without success,” he said.
It wasn’t painful, but within
a space of three weeks, the little
sore grew to about triple the size
it had been. Working inAdelaide
as a truck driver, made getting
to the doctor a bit tricky, but
Stewart finally went, and was
then referred to a plastic surgeon
for further tests.
The surgeon advised it was an
SCC and needed to be removed.
The procedure was done the
next week and it was very timely,
as the tumour had started to track
(spread) and wrap itself around
15mm wedge cut out of my lip,
which included the tumour and
some clear tissue around it. The
SCC was 5mm thick,” he said.
The tests showed the surgeon
had removed all of the SCC,
but due to its type, advised
Stewart to have radiotherapy.
“We had just booked to go
to Bali, but that had to wait
while I had treatment at the
RAH, Monday to Friday, for
Stewart continued working
during this time, with his boss
organising only local driving
trips to coincide with treatment.
“The first two weeks of
radiotherapy was okay, but
during the last two, my lip and
mouth became very painful,
with blisters and ulcers. It was
an uncomfortable process too, as
I had a mask tied on my face,
which was tied to the bed, so I
couldn’t move, and I also had a
plate inside my mouth.”
“By the end of the treatment,
my lip looked like it had been
really badly burned,” he said.
The healing process from this
took over a month, with creams
and mouth washes required to
help heal the wound.
Stewart now has visits to
the plastic surgeon every three
months, and since this operation,
has had another skin cancer
removed from his hand, but luck-
ily didn’t require radiotherapy
In Australia, about 430,000
cases of BCC and SCC are di-
agnosed and treated each year.
More than 10,300 cases of mela-
noma are diagnosed in Australia
each year, and while only a small
percentage of all skin cancers
diagnosed are melanomas, they
cause the majority of deaths from
The worst part of melanoma
is it is the most common cancer in
young people aged 12-24 years.
“You have to be vigilant when
“You must wear a hat, and
while we use sunscreen on ex-
posed skin, we need to re-apply
it regularly,” said Stewart.
The Moulds family finally
had their Bali holiday in January,
and while there was no sunbak-
ing for Stewart, they enjoyed
every minute of it!
SCHOOLS are being proactive
when it comes to encouraging
students to be SunSmart in the
• Hamley Bridge Primary
School students (from left)
Mackenzie Loffler, Jonathon
Sale, and Olivia Astonare are
living proof it’s happening on the
But Cancer Council SA
(CCSA) wants to ensure this
is consistent across all South
The fourth national survey of
sun protection in primary schools
has revealed students at most
schools wear hats and sunscreen,
thus reducing UV exposure.
“Being exposed to UV
during infancy, childhood and
adolescence, plays a significant
role in increasing the risk of skin
cancer, particularly melanoma,
later in life,” said Dr Marion
Eckert, general manager of Cancer
“Ideally we would like to see
all childcare centres, primary and
high schools become members of
the SunSmart schools program,”
Hamley Bridge students abide
by the SunSmart policy, by wearing
hats whenever the UV levels are
three and above, particularly from
September to April.
Given children are at school
during times of the day when UV
levels reach their peak, they are
also encouraged to wear sunscreen
and sit and play under shaded
areas at recess and lunch times, a
protocol also followed by other
The SunSmart schools program
also promotes a healthy balance
between sun protection to reduce
skin cancer and sun exposure to
maintain vitamin D levels.
It’s not always
fun in the sun
In a warning
a sore on his
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