Skin cancer is one of the most treatable form of cancers, but early detection is key.
No one knows this more than mother of five, Kari Cummins, who at just 35 years of age has undergone two surgeries to have various carcinomas removed from her face.
Growing up in Lake Arrowhead, California, with ample beaches, and hiking trails, the wellness consultant spent a lot of time outdoors.
“I used to love baking in the sun for hours,” Kari told Mamamia. “Now I limit it to no longer than 15- 30 mins of direct sun and spend most of my time in shade.”
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In 2013 some very stubborn red marks on Kari’s forehead turned out to be a basal cell carcinoma, and just a year later what looked to be an “underground pimple” was actually a squamous cell carcinoma – known as being the most deadly form of skin cancer after melanomas.
Luckily, both times Kari went to a dermatologist as soon as she realised that “they weren’t healing up, roughly a month after they first appeared”.
“The basal cells looked totally different,” says Kari. “They started as small red sores, grew slightly bubbled on areas, scabbed, would bleed and would never heal up.
“The chin started out looking like an underground pimple. No scabbing, not able to be popped, and after time it also grew and changed shape, and became slightly lumpy but under the skin.