Hello, my name is Julie Scammell.
Loving. Caring. Mother. Wife.
I discovered my condition in 2014/2015. I noticed a sore on my front hairline/scalp which never seemed to get better. It would bleed, scab, bleed again. Never actually healing.
As I had my hair coloured and styled each month at the hairdresser, I thought my stylist must have been a bit rough on the blow drying fringe section and scratched my head with the curling brush. However, I noticed a parting starting to emerge where the sore was.
A visit to my doctor ended up with appointment to dermatologist who diagnosed Basal Cell Carcinomas. In June 2018 my plastic surgeon cut away the rodent ulcers. It was an unpleasant, anxious experience. One which I do not want to have again. However, I have been told after having had them once, they will probably return, in the same area, so I check myself regularly.
I put on my high factor sun cream, (I use it everyday of the year). Always wear my sun hat out in any sun. And sunglasses to protect my eyes. I cover up my skin by wearing Solbari clothing.
As I never really sun bathed in my younger days, I can’t really say when the damage occurred. So I can’t say anything to my younger self about being safe in the sun because I actually thought I was.
Now I wear my protective clothing from Solbari, and I absolutely love them. They keep me cool, protected and stylish to wear. And as I no longer dye my hair, they look great on a grey haired 57 year old.
Thank you Julie for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
Limiting sun exposure is very important. As the UV rays cause the most damage to the skin.
It often takes many years and sometimes decades for the effects to become visible.
But the good news is that taking care of your skin form now onwards may be able to help you to reduce the probability of skin cancers and minimise skin ageing.
Dermatologists recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing and a broad brim sun hat as the first line of defence against premature skin ageing, sunburn, skin cancer and melanoma. Sunscreen with a SPF rating above 30 should be applied to skin that is directly exposed to the sun.