A hero's hairdresser saved a customer's life after finding a lump on his head that was later diagnosed as cancer.
Adam Shatford, 54, a driving instructor from Northampton, came in for a ticket when his student did not show up for a class on October 3 last year.
Hairdresser Erinna Lindfield (42) brushed his hair when she saw a hard hump in the shape of a mole under the sideburns on his left ear.
Two hours later, the father of the three went to a doctor on Lindfield's advice.
Days later he was diagnosed melanoma in phase three and doctors discovered more malignant nodules on his forehead.
He got everything free last week after surgery to remove the nodules and lymph nodes and returned to the hairdresser to thank Lindfield for saving his life.
Adam Shatford, 54, a Northampton driving instructor, was advised to visit a doctor at Erinna Lindfield during a grooming session. He was diagnosed days later with stage three melanoma
Shatford, a father-of-three, got surgery to remove the bump, and others in October, followed by surgery last month to remove lymph nodes
Shatford said: "Erinna has never cut my hair, another stylist did it.
& # 39; While she was brushing my hair, she said: & # 39; Has anyone ever checked mols? It costs nothing & # 39 ;.
I left here and called the doctor and within two hours a doctor had asked me to come in.
& # 39; If Erinna had never said & # 39; you have to have it checked & # 39 ;, I had never called. & # 39;
Shatford, incidentally, proved to be healthy, to be an avid runner and to show no signs of ill health.
He said: & # 39; I have been told that the reason that it is so dangerous is because you are not sick until it progresses.
It was absolutely coming from the sun – it affects people's pigments differently. & # 39;
Melanoma occurs when DNA in the skin is damaged, normally by the sun.
About 2,285 people died from the disease in 2016, according to Cancer Research UK statistics.
And it is expected that more than 9,000 will die from the aggressive skin cancer in the US, the American Cancer Society estimates.
& # 39; I'm very lucky, & # 39; said Mr. Shatford. "I could easily nod to Erinna, but I thought I would call and that both surgeons and doctors would pay homage to Erinna.
& # 39; If she had not said that, it would have got worse until I was very bad. & # 39;
Shatford said that Lindfield had saved his life and he was lucky he was still alive
Shatford had not shown signs of bad health. Melamona, usually caused by skin damage, is a dangerous form of cancer because it does not necessarily show signs
& # 39; I felt 100 percent good until they operated. I usually walked four to five miles a day. & # 39;
Shatford went under the knife on October 23 to remove the cancer and was operated on last month to remove lymph nodes.
Depending on the severity of the cancer, a doctor may offer radiotherapy in the area where the surgeon removed the lymph nodes, but Mr Shatford no longer needed treatment.
Lindfield, working at Jazz Hairdressing, said: "I had not done Adams her before, but I started to cut his hair.
& # 39; I saw the mole and felt like I had to see something. I knew it was not good.
& # 39; It was very deformed, dark and bumpy. It was about the size of a 5p, burning exactly in the side.
I'm not a doctor, I just want him to get professional advice.
& # 39; He called the doctor right away. When he returned to the hairdresser, he was very grateful. He bought me a bottle of Prosecco.
"He said it was one of the best haircuts he had ever had. I'm just glad he came in that day and he had it checked. & # 39;
Shatford added: "I am very grateful to her, and the NHS."
WHAT IS MELANOMA AND HOW CAN YOU PREVENT IT?
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It happens after the DNA in skin cells is damaged (usually as a result of harmful UV rays) and then is not repaired, so it causes mutations that can form malignant tumors.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 91,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in the USA in 2018 and that more than 9,000 people are expected to die from it.
Every year there are about 15,900 new cases in the UK, of which in 2016 the British die of 2,285 Britons, according to Cancer Research UK statistics.
- Exposure to the sun: UV and UVB rays from the sun and tanning beds are harmful to the skin
- Moles: the more moles you have, the greater the risk of melanoma
- Skin type: a more beautiful skin has a greater risk of getting melanoma
- Hair color: red heads are more at risk than others
- Personal history: once you have had a melanoma, you have a greater chance of getting it again
- Family history: if previous family members are diagnosed, it increases your risk
This can be done by removing the entire part of the tumor or by removing the surgeon layer by layer. When a surgeon removes it layer by layer, it helps them find out where the cancer stops, so they do not have to remove more skin than necessary.
The patient may decide to use a skin graft if the surgery has discoloration or has left a line.
- Immunotherapy, radiation or chemotherapy:
This is necessary if the cancer reaches stage III or IV. That means that the cancer cells have spread to the lymph nodes or other organs in the body.
- Use sunscreen and do not burn
- Avoid tanning outside and in beds
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go out
- Keep newborns out of the sun
- Examine your skin every month
- Consult your doctor for a skin test
Source: Skin Cancer Foundation and American Cancer Society