A BURTON woman has said that using sunbeds when she was younger led to her developing skin cancer years later.
Marie Inwood, 42, a civil servant for the prison service, developed a small lump on her face.
It was only when a partner pointed out that she should get it looked at that she found it was basal cell carcinoma - one of the most common forms of skin cancer
She told the Mail that the lump - the size of a Tic Tac - made an appearance a few years after she had stopped using sunbeds in her early 20s.
She said: “It was as little lump that I would pick at. It never looked angry or like anything to worry about.
“In my head skin cancer was big, red angry and sore.
“It was smaller than a spot or a Tic Tac and slightly raised.”
She had noticed the lump in her 20s but it wasn’t until 2005, when she was in her early 30s, that she was eventually diagnosed.
“I had a lump on my face for year.
“It turned out to be BCC which grows very slowly. You tend to find them on elderly people.
“When I used sunbeds they were the old fashioned ones. I probably used to go once a week. I worked in a shop and had quite bad skin so there was a pressure to do these things. I used them for about a year and then started to worry about my skin.”
Marie underwent a biopsy at hospital and received treatment. Because of where it was, above her lip, doctors were reluctant to do surgery.
She said: “I had radiotherapy but that didn’t work so they had to operate. I’m thankful it was never anything else.”
Maria said she would advise anyone who spots anything similar to get it checked.
She said: “I probably got a bit slack and was a bit naive.”
Recent Cancer Research UK statistics showed that more than 13,000 people now develop malignant melanoma each year, compared with around 1,800 in the mid-1970s.