Hello, my name is Julie Scammell.
Loving. Caring. Mother. Wife.
I discovered my condition in 2014/2015. I noticed a sore on my front hairline/scalp which never seemed to get better. It would bleed, scab, bleed again. Never actually healing.
As I had my hair coloured and styled each month at the hairdresser, I thought my stylist must have been a bit rough on the blow drying fringe section and scratched my head with the curling brush. However, I noticed a parting starting to emerge where the sore was.
A visit to my doctor ended up with appointment to dermatologist who diagnosed Basal Cell Carcinomas. In June 2018 my plastic surgeon cut away the rodent ulcers. It was an unpleasant, anxious experience. One which I do not want to have again. However, I have been told after having had them once, they will probably return, in the same area, so I check myself regularly.
I put on my high factor sun cream, (I use it everyday of the year). Always wear my sun hat out in any sun. And sunglasses to protect my eyes. I cover up my skin by wearing Solbari clothing.
As I never really sun bathed in my younger days, I can’t really say when the damage occurred. So I can’t say anything to my younger self about being safe in the sun because I actually thought I was.
Now I wear my protective clothing from Solbari, and I absolutely love them. They keep me cool, protected and stylish to wear. And as I no longer dye my hair, they look great on a grey haired 57 year old.
Thank you Julie for helping raise awareness for skin cancer, melanoma and skin conditions, and sharing your story with us and our Solbari Community.
The Solbari Team
Solar keratoses, or commonly known as sun spots are skin lesions that develop as a result of exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
These spots usually vary in size from as small as 2 millimetres up to 20 millimetres across. They can also appear as scaly or warty.
While you’re less likely to be burned during winter months, your unprotected skin is still being exposed to dangerous UVA rays. UVA rays penetrate deeply into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer, causing premature aging and contributing to skin cancer development.
Read more about our tips for sun protection during fall and winter here.