A BUSINESSWOMAN from Halifax who survived skin cancer has backed a campaign warning about the dangers of getting sunburned.
Mary Callan, 47, who owns Sowerby Bridge beauty salon Just Peachy, was diagnosed with skin cancer after noticing an unusual spot on her foot.
Luckily she had caught it early so doctors cut it out without her needing chemotherapy.
She said: “I was lucky. This was 15 years ago and skin cancer wasn’t really well known at the time.
“But in the news you hear that people actually die of it within six months.
“It’s good that more is done to highlight it now. I wasn’t a sun-worshipper.
“I didn’t use sunbeds or go in the sun, so I never really thought about what this spot was.
“It was a big shock.”
Cancer Research UK has launched its SunSmart campaign after new figures showed more than two 15-34-year-olds are diagnosed with malignant melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – every week.
It found a tripling of melanoma rates among the age group in the region since the late 70s.
Latest figures show that around 885 people of all ages are diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the Yorkshire and Humber region every year.
Charity bosses have urged people to be aware of the dangers of getting sunburned, which increases the chances of developing the deadly disease.
Mary, of Warley Edge, has no sunbeds in her salon and only offers spray tans. After her brush with cancer, she also closes her salon every Tuesday to volunteer holistic treatments to patients at Overgate Hospice, Elland.
She said: “I still check my body regularly. You know your own body.
“I would say if anyone notices anything unusual at all, to get it checked out.”
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