Good Morning Britain - Melanoma Skin Cancer
Loti Jackson shares her story
This morning our very own Loti Jackson appeared on Good Morning Britain alongside Dr Hilary Jones. Loti is a proud cancer survivor and today she was sharing her story while helping to raise awareness, which she continues to do as and when she can.
In 2012, our very own Loti Jackson, became aware of the dangers of tanning when she was working in public relations on a campaign about keeping safe in the sun.
Loti had a couple of moles she was concerned about and decided to have them checked. One mole, on the side of her face, turned out to be cancerous and was removed, but Loti needed a second, more invasive operation to ensure cancerous cells were not left behind.
“It was horrible being told I had cancer,” said Loti. “My parents took it particularly hard. I had never had an operation, I had never had stitches. But I needed both on my face and I knew I would be left with a scar. The surgeon was brutally honest and it was hard to hear.”
The second operation left Loti with a three-inch scar from her eye to her jaw line but saved her life.
Loti said: “I had used sunbeds a couple of times in the past but it was a very long time ago, before I knew how dangerous they are. I also knew moles could change into skin cancer but I wasn’t aware of the severity of the situation until I worked on that sun awareness campaign.
Loti appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss her thoughts around the new guidelines for diagnosing and treating melanoma skin cancer which have just been issued to the NHS in England.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) hopes they will end a wide variation in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
They include advice on diagnosing how far the cancer has progressed, identifying the best treatment, and improvements to follow-up care.
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that claims more lives than any other.
In 2012, the UK saw more than 2,000 deaths from melanoma and the number of melanoma cases is growing faster than any of the 10 most common cancers.
The NHS have an easy to use 'mole self-assessment tool' which you can use here.
Remember, if in doubt always consult your GP or health professional and have your moles checked over as soon as you can. A simple check up can save your life.