Deborah Meaden’s makeup artist noticed signs of skin cancer

Deborah Meaden is now raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer, pictured in May 2022. (Getty Images)

Deborah Meaden credited her makeup artist for spotting a sign of skin cancer, which led to her diagnosis.

O dragon’s cave star, 63, revealed that before her diagnosis she didn’t pay much attention to sunscreen, admitting that while she was putting on sunscreen if she was on vacation or going to the beach, she didn’t use it every day.

“I didn’t treat [being outside] with the same respect as if I were sunbathing,” she told Vogue Williams host on Boots’ Taboo Talk. podcast.

“I was aware of [how much the sun could damage my skin]I have fair skin, but strangely I never got sunburned and I think that was a problem for me.

“I kind of thought I was immune to it… I thought, I might look fair, but obviously my skin can handle it. So it was a little bit shocking when I realized there was some damage done.”

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Meaden revealed that it was her makeup artist on the BBC show who first noticed a possible sign of skin cancer.

“I was filming dragon’s caveand I don’t have blemishes, but my makeup artist noticed what looked like a small white pimple that had been on my face for probably about six weeks,” she continued.

“And she kept saying, ‘This isn’t right, Deborah,’ and I thought, ‘OK, this is really weird, I don’t usually have spots.’ I was going to Africa and I thought, before I go, I just need to check this out.

“So I sent a picture to my doctor, who said it could be something, it might not be, but it could be something. So he made an appointment for me with a local hospital and I went along and they said, ‘You have a scaly’”.

Deborah Meaden is now raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer, pictured in May 2022. (Getty Images)

Deborah Meaden is now raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer, pictured in May 2022. (Getty Images)

According to the NHS, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer that starts in the cells that line the top of the epidermis and is responsible for about 20 out of every 100 skin cancers. .

It often appears as a firm pink lump with a rough or crusty surface, which can be tender to the touch, bleeds easily, and can develop into an ulcer.

It can be easily treatable when detected early.

Meaden said he had the cancer removed after he returned from his trip to Africa and now hopes to raise awareness of the dangers of sun damage, as well as make people aware of some of the signs.

“When I say I was lucky, we caught it incredibly early. I’m evangelical now about telling people, if you have a weird pimple that won’t go, don’t think it’s a pimple,” she added.

“I’ve always looked for moles, I know all the rules about moles, I’ve never looked for something that actually looks like a white pimple.”

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The businesswoman admits that she might never have seen the sign if it weren’t for her makeup artist.

While she is currently “completely clear” of skin cancer, apart from some scaly patches, which are being treated with a cream, she has been told she may be at risk for another one.

Meaden says he now does everything he can to protect his skin from the sun.

“My prognosis is factor 50, I wear a hat when I’m out all the time and watch my skin. If I get something that doesn’t feel right, I’m not just going to live and wait for it to go away, I’m going to check it out. I do regular skin exams on all my skin,” she continued.

What is non-melanoma skin cancer?

Non-melanoma skin cancer includes:

Cancer Research UK says that most non-melanoma skin cancers tend to develop more often on skin exposed to the sun.

There is a high cure rate for these cancers, with most people diagnosed needing only minor surgery, with no further treatment.

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Around 156,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year, but Cancer Research UK believes the number could be higher as they are easy to treat and cure. This makes it the most common type of cancer by far.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that skin cancer cases had reached a record high in England, with around one in five people affected in their lifetime.

There were 224,000 skin cancers recorded in England in 2019 and more than 1.4 million between 2013 and 2019, according to data analyzed by NHS Digital and the British Association of Dermatologists.

Experts believe that an aging population and improvements in the way cancers are reported are behind the increase.

Increased exposure to the sun and people going on vacation abroad could also be to blame.

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Meaden says she now always protects her skin from the sun.  (Getty Images)

Meaden says she now always protects her skin from the sun. (Getty Images)

Prevention of non-melanoma skin cancer

While non-melanoma skin cancer is not always preventable, there are some steps you can take to reduce your chance of developing it, including avoiding excessive exposure to UV light.

The NHS advises protecting yourself from sunburn by using high-factor sunscreen, dressing sensibly in the sun, and limiting the amount of time you spend in the sun during the hottest part of the day.

They also recommend avoiding sun loungers and sunlamps.

Regularly checking your skin for signs of skin cancer can help lead to an early diagnosis and increase your chances of successful treatment.

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