A FACEBOOK photo of a woman is being shared by thousands of people right now in a bid to warn others of skin cancer.
Most people think of ‘skin cancer’ as a mole with an irregular edge or funny colour, but Melanie Williams, from England, proves that skin cancer comes in different forms, and they don’t always match the image in your mind.
“See that on my thumb? Do you know what it is? It’s skin cancer,” Melanie Williams wrote in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 115,000 times.
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She said the black mark under the nail on her thumb “grew from nothing in a matter of weeks. I thought it was just a fungal infection or a wart. Sadly not.”
“I’ve been lucky, the cancer hasn’t spread and it’s being removed next week along with half of my thumb. This may have not been the case if I’d left it and not got it checked out.”
“I don’t want your sympathy, I want more awareness. Therefore, please go and get any changes or growths on your skin checked out, please tell people around you to get checked as well. Dont leave it to chance or make excuses! I will be fighting fit in no time but if I’d left it, I may have been losing more than a thumb.” Ms Williams wrote.
Williams photo is a reminder that skin cancer doesn’t always appear in obvious areas.