Honeymoon cancer lesion for West Yorkshire mum sparks warning over skin

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A hospital pharmacy manager who found a cancerous lesion on her back during her honeymoon is urging Leeds residents to regularly check their skin.

Sally Parker, who runs the pharmacy at Spire Leeds Hospital, in Gledhow, was first made aware of the lesion during her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic three years ago and had it checked when it started itching late last year.

The Heckmondwike worker was referred to Spire’s consultant dermatologist Dr Robert Sheehan-Dare in November, he did a biopsy and a week later the the results showed it was a slow growing malignant skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma.

She had it surgically removed under local anaesthetic and no further treatment was needed, meaning she could go ahead with her planned USA road trip to mark her 50th birthday this summer.

Sally said: “I now check myself every three months and encourage my family and friends to do the same.

“Obviously I now keep out of the sun and will be using high factor sun cream protection and cover-ups for my forthcoming birthday road trip.”

Dr Sheehan-Dare has also warned that basal skin carcinoma is becoming increasingly common and is linked to sun exposure that can date back years.