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Your Story Series: Meet Wayne

Solbari Blog: Your story series: Wayne

What is your name?

My name is Wayne Annan.

Describe yourself.

Fit, healthy and strong.

I always played sport in New Zealand, including Ironman triathlons, marathon running, kayaking and swimming. I have also completed many 100mile - 120mile bike rides. 

How did you discover your skin cancer/melanoma and how long ago?

I have had a number of events over the last 10 years that have required surgery. I am 63 yrs old and had a heart transplant in September 2017. I have experienced both basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and have not yet had any melanoma.

As I am on immune suppression drugs now the latest outbreak has been very aggressive and has required major reconstructive surgery of my nose. From the time the first sight to over 8 weeks it became very serious.

What is your attitude towards sun protection today?

As I cycle for exercise I now ensure I have full body cover when outside, and have now purchased items from Solbari. When getting ready to go outside I apply sunscreen and carry it with me. I ensure I am covered and try to avoid the strong afternoon sun as much possible, so I do my training in the morning or later in the evening.

What would you tell your 16-year-old self about sun protection?

When I was young we ran around all summer with no shirts on, and little if any sunscreen. I tell my grandkids to cover up and slip, slop and slap, not to lie in the sun to get a tan. I tell them that you will only find out what the damage is when you are older.

Thank you Wayne, for sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.

The Solbari Team



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