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Scots DJ diagnosed with skin cancer after noticing changes to small freckle on her arm

A Glasgow DJ has been diagnosed with skin cancer after noticing changes to what started off as a small freckle on her arm.

Beth Mawer has described herself as ‘lucky’ having caught the cancer early after getting the mole checked out when it changed shape, size and colour and became itchy.

The 26-year-old is now desperate to raise awareness on the issue, urging others to get any unusual looking moles or blemishes checked out by a medical professional.

The DJ wrote on social media: “I’ve recently been diagnosed with Melanoma, for anyone who doesn’t know what that is it’s a form of Skin Cancer. This is a very common cancer, but it’s become clear to me that it’s not a subject that is often talked about on social media.

Beth performing at SWG3 last year
Beth has issued a warning after being diagnosed with cancer

“I’d like to raise awareness about Melanoma, some tips about how you can look after your skin and just to be mindful to check your skin for irregular moles or moles that change in colour, size and texture.

“I wasn’t a big sunbed user, the odd now and then when I wanted to get a little colour about me or maybe more just before I go on holiday to get a base tan, however when I’m abroad I would sit in the sun for like 9 hours a day, end up using oil and completely fry my skin, now I’m paying the consequences of it.”

Beth, who is a regular at leading venue SWG3 and has played at FLY Open Air Festival, says she would ‘do anything in her power’ to avoid getting any more melanoma.

She added: “If there’s any advice I could give is to avoid using sunbeds, if sitting in the sun wear at LEAST factor 30 and sit in the shade on the hottest parts of the day which is usually 3pm – I know part of going on holiday is getting the best tan possible, because we don’t get sun in Scotland right?

“But health is your wealth and if you don’t get your skin checked and noticing any changes to moles – it could be left too late and can be very serious.

“Luckily, I’ve caught mine very early and it’s going to be curable but I’ll do anything in my power to avoid getting anymore melanoma as having skin cancer at 26 years old is crazy to me… But it can happen if you’re not careful like me.”

Despite being shocked at her diagnosis, Beth isn’t alone in facing in this.

According to the NHS Melanoma is the 5th most common cancer in the UK and more than one in four skin cancer cases are diagnosed in people under 50.

She shared a photo of her mole after it had grown from a small freckle
She shared a photo of her mole after it had grown from a small freckle

After her mole had been removed
After her mole had been removed

Beth said: “From my photos you can see it just looks like a large mole however it started out like a small freckle and as the months went by it changed shape & size, changed colour, got itchy, all of the signs that you should make you get it checked out.

“Please check your skin regularly, take note of any changes to moles & go see your doctor as soon as possible.”

Signs of melanoma can include:

  • A large brownish spot with darker speckles
  • A mole that changes in colour, size or feel or that bleeds
  • A small lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, pink, white, blue or blue-black
  • A painful lesion that itches or burns
  • Dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips or toes, or on mucous membranes lining your mouth, nose, vagina or anus

If you notice any changes in your skin, contact your GP and they will be able to assess any changes and determine whether it is serious or not.

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