Using Nourisil MD silicone scar treatment for a skin cancer scar
A grandad has issued a warning to sun worshippers after being diagnosed with skin cancer – despite covering up with sun screen and successfully using Nourisil MD scar treatment.
Colin Galloway, 66, was dealt the unexpected blow he had a basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, on his left temple earlier this year.
The retired civil servant underwent a successful procedure to remove the troublesome mole before using Nourisil MD silicone scar gel to improve the scar’s appearance.
Colin, who was awarded an MBE in 2008, said he would usually plaster a factor 30 on his face. He assumed it would provide him complete protection against the sun.
Colin said: “I used to be a sun person when I was younger. I would often have holidays to Spain.”
“People weren’t as knowledgeable in those days about what the sun could do. We would put sun cream on yes, but it would only be a factor 10. And you would just lie in the sun all day.”
Basal cell carcinoma is a non-melanoma skin cancer, and is the most common type of skin cancer in the UK. It accounts for around 80 per cent of all cases.
The most common cause of basal cell carcinoma is too much exposure to the sun. Areas most at risk are those commonly exposed to the sun more often such as the face, head and neck.
Colin said: “I went to the dermatologist for something else and while I was there asked him if he could have a look at a spot that had been there for a while.
“I suspected something was wrong when he said he wanted a closer look. Straight away he said that horrible word – skin cancer.
“It came totally out of the blue. I usually plaster factor 30 on my face so it was really surprising I got it.
“The dermatologist said I was fair skinned, which I didn’t realise. This made me really high risk.”
Procedure and aftercare
Colin was able to have a short procedure to remove the cancerous cells, leaving him with a scar on his left temple.
He has been treating the inch long skin cancer scar with silicone scar gel Nourisil MD.
Since using the scar treatment the scar has now almost disappeared.
Nourisil MD silicone scar gel contains a unique blend of five silicones and vitamin E, and can also be used on burns and all other types surgical scars such as c-section scars and cosmetic surgery scars.
It works by creating a silicone barrier that allows skin to release moisture at normal levels. Too much causes the raised skin and redness associated with scars.
Colin said: “The ‘C’ word was difficult to hear and it certainly makes you more aware.
“The procedure to remove it was relatively quick but it needed six stitches so I was looking for the best scar treatment.”
“After using Nourisil silicone scar gel it’s now almost gone, which is great. I’m now much more careful about making sure I apply a factor 50 sun cream, especially on my face.”
If caught early and they are not in an awkward place, basal cell carcinomas can be cured in almost every case, so it’s important people are aware of the early warning signs.
People should monitor scabs on the skin which are growing or bleeding and never completely healing, and spots or freckles which change appearance in any way, according to the British Association of Dermatologists.
Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and more information can be found at Melanoma UK.
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