A young woman from Salford has today revealed that she is fighting skin cancer due to her sunbed use.
Alicia Hunter, 20, has just found out she has to have surgery on her face after finally having a 'strange looking patch' looked at by medical professionals six weeks ago.
The nursing assistant at Salford Royal hospital was immediately referred to The Christie with suspected melanoma skin cancer.
After being fast-tracked for surgery, the patch of skin was removed and sent away for testing. Today she received the worst news any twenty-year-old would ever want to hear... That she has melanoma skin cancer.
Alicia admits to using sunbeds like many other youngsters.
Talking about finding the strange patch of skin, Alicia says she left it for months before having it looked at.
Alicia, who is now awaiting more surgery to stop the cancer from spreading, says the news - which she received today - hasn't sunk in yet and she's still coming to terms with it.
There are definite signs that a mole could be a melanoma and should be seen by a doctor. You need to go to the doctor straight away if you have a new mole or skin change, or if you have a mole that is
Getting bigger Changing shape, particularly getting an irregular edge
Changing colour – getting darker, becoming patchy or multi shaded
Loss of symmetry – the two halves of your mole do not look the sameItching or painful
Bleeding or becoming crustyLooking inflamed
Research suggests that moles with 3 or more different shades of brown or black are particularly likely to be melanoma
If you have a dark area under a nail that is getting bigger and is not due to an injury you should also see your doctor.
You can also visit Cancer Research for more information.