Cate Campbell had the mole on her upper arm her whole life.
It had never changed in size or shape so she hadn’t given it much thought, but a timely chat with an old friend may have saved her life.
The day after the check, Campbell was told she had stage one melanoma growing in the mole on her arm.
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The Melanoma Institute Australia told Mamamia one Australian dies from melanoma every five hours.
Early detection is vital because when caught early 90% of melanomas can be treated with surgery alone. If diagnosis is delayed, melanoma cells may spread around the body.
Campbell said her diagnosis was a big shock as she’d always had moles and had always been told to look out for new or changing spots, but her mole had not changed.