A dad had a huge chunk of skin removed from his neck after discovering an small ‘innocuous’ spot on his body was cancerous.
Ryan Glossop, 37, from Perth, Australia, decided to get checked out when a friend told him one of his pals died from skin cancer.
The move saved his life after doctors told him a mole on the back of his neck was cancerous.
The father-of-two had three operations before surgeons finally removed a huge chunk of flesh from his neck.
His wife Fallon Glassop wrote on Facebook : “In May 2019 a large area of skin from his neck and back needed to be taken.
“So in his 4th surgery, Ryan had a skin graft, removing skin from both legs to cover section on his neck and back.
“This whole experience has been hugely challenging for all of us, but if anything good is to come out of this, it is that we now want to help raise more awareness of skin cancer.
“Melanoma accounts for 10 per cent of all skin cancers, which is why it is so important that everyone has regular skin checks.
“Your life is too precious to just bake yourself in the sun and not worry about your skin.”
She added that her husband had undergone around 40 neck and back biopsies since being diagnosed in November.
In his latest operation, the dad had a 8cm wide and 40cm long piece of skin removed, Mail Online reports.
According to the site, Mr Glossop said: “Going through that was scary at first, but then once they said ‘if we can get this skin graft done, we think you’ll be in the clear’, it was more dealing with the fact I’d have fairly significant scars.”
He added that it was not until he started working in the mining industry that he heard about skin checks – and he eventually got a test at his work.
Mr Glossop is raising money for Melanoma Cancer Support Association of WA .