A father who had stuck a huge stretch of his neck to remove a deadly melanoma has issued a warning to all sun seekers.
Ryan Glossop, 37, made the potentially life-saving decision to have his skin checked in November last year after a friend tragically died of skin cancer.
What started as a small birthmark in the neck of Perth's father was diagnosed as cancer.
Two operations later, Mr Glossop's results still returned abnormally.
Ryan Glossop (photo with his wife Fallon), 37, made the life-changing decision to have his skin checked in November last year after a friend of a friend died tragically of skin cancer
What started as a small birthmark on the neck of the Perth father (photo), eventually became cancer
His wife Fallon Glassop went to social media to explain her family's ordeal.
& # 39; The thing is, with every skin cancer, they not only remove the affected area of the skin, but they also take a border around it & she said.
& # 39; Ryan & # 39; s limits kept returning abnormally, which subsequently turned out to be a skin condition called Nevus Spillus. It is very rare that it turns into melanoma, but in its case it does. & # 39;
The mother of two went on to describe the heartache that her husband went through, with details about 40 neck, back and lung biopsies and four painful surgeries.
In May of this year, a large strip of skin was removed from the man's neck and legs during the last operation.
& # 39; A large part of the skin had to be taken from his neck and back … Ryan had a skin transplant and removed the skin from both legs to cover the part in his neck and back, & # 39; she said.
The mother of two went on to describe the heartache that her husband went through after four painful surgeries (photo: the scar after one of Mr Glossop's surgeries)
In May of this year, the last operation involved the removal of large strips of skin from the man's neck (photo) and legs
The piece of skin was 8 cm wide and 40 cm long, Yahoo reported.
Mr. Glossop described the & # 39; scary & # 39; test.
& # 39; That was frightening in the beginning, but once they said & # 39; if we can do this skin transplant, we think you'll be free & # 39 ;, it was more to do with the fact that I would have pretty significant scars. & # 39;
The enthusiastic basketball player also admitted that he never thought he was in danger because he didn't have many freckles as a child.
& # 39; In the last few years it has started to change, I got more stains and more freckles, but it was only when I went to the mining industry for work that the concept of skin controls was thrown around quite a bit. & # 39;
Mr Glossop said he wanted to share his experience to warn people of misconceptions about melanoma.
Mr Glossop (photo) said he wanted to share his experience to warn people about misconceptions about melanoma
Mr and Mrs Glossop (photo) two young children aged eight and five are being examined to determine whether their lives are affected by the disease
He said that most people believe that cancerous freckles can be deadly, but are easily removed and leave only a small scar.
Sharing graphic images of his spotted neck on social media was an attempt to show people how catastrophic the situation can be.
His two young children, eight and five years old, are being examined to determine whether their lives are affected by the disease.
& # 39; Have the skin checked! & # 39; he urged Facebook users.
This whole experience has been enormously challenging for all of us, but if something good comes out of it, it is now that we want to help raise awareness of skin cancer & # 39 ;, wrote Ms Glassop.
& # 39; Melanoma accounts for 10 percent of all skin cancers, and that is why it is so important that everyone performs regular skin checks. & # 39;
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that usually occurs on the parts of the body that are overexposed to the sun.
Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australia, which, together with New Zealand, has the highest number of melanoma cases in the world.
Melanoma is more often diagnosed in men than in women.
In 2015, 13,694 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed in Australia, accounting for nearly one in ten cancer diagnoses.
Melanoma often has no symptoms, but the first sign is usually a change in an existing birthmark or the appearance of a new spot. These changes can be:
Color: a mole can change color or have different color shades or become spotty.
Size: a mole seems to be getting bigger.
Shape: a mole can have an irregular edge or increase in height.
Height: the mole can develop an itchy or bleeding area.
Source: Cancer Council
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