AXA PPP healthcare expert live chat on Skin Cancer - Tuesday 29th May.
That's me, on an eight hour boat trip from Koh Tao to Koh Phi Phi in Thailand. It was crowded, uncomfortable, claustrophobic and just pretty damn horrible. But that's not why I'm hiding. Oh no. The reason I'm hiding my face behind that super stylish hat is because I was so severely sunburnt that my face had erupted in painful bubbly blisters. The day before my cousin decided she was 'too far behind in the tan-off' so promptly threw down her beach towel and parked herself on the sand all.day.long - slathered from head to toe in oil.
But, so what, eh? Us brits get burnt! It's funny to show everyone our white bits and laugh about how burnt we got whilst subtly displaying our now uber bronzed limbs. It is funny, it's pretty hilarious reallly. Until you start noticing that mole on your tummy. Did it always look like that? Has it always been two different colours? Was it always that shape? Your mind races over all of the horror stories regarding moles and melanomas - the deadliest form of skin cancer. The uneasiness settles in your stomach and lingers at the back of your mind. On March 13th this year I had a mole checked and thank god I got the all-clear. I had been pushing my luck - Florida, Thailand, Spain, slathering on the Hawian Tropic oil and using sunbeds in between. I learnt my lesson for good about sun safety as the whole experience truly terrified me - my boyfriend can vouch for me - as I made him come with me to the appointment to hold my hand and attempt to keep me calm. My mum has also had a pre-cancerous mole removed from her face but even then it was only once the fear of skin cancer affected me directly that I actually sat up and took notice. sunbed for over a year now!
This is why I wanted to be involved in this skin cancer series and let you all know that AXA PPP have planned an expert live chat on skin cancer to help people stay in the know this summer. An AXA PPP medical expert will be available to answer questions live on Tuesday the 29th of May at between 3pm and 5pm.