Check skin for cancer

IT was a traumatic two months for Rockhampton cancer survivor Greg Cross.

The 41-year-old lost his father in August and was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma (BCC) on his nose the next month.

“When I found out I had BCC on my nose I was stressed out of my brain. It was a traumatic two months,” Greg said.

The father-of-three, who owns CQ Water Services, has been in the sun all his life working outdoors, playing sport and beach fishing from a young age.

His dad, who died suddenly from an aortic rupture, a condition in which the aorta (the heart’s main artery) is torn as the result of trauma, also had BCCs removed.

Greg is urging locals to raise funds and awareness of skin cancer on the inaugural Queensland SunSmart Day next Friday, November 13.

“I had a lump on my nose and I always knew I was a candidate for skin cancer as my father, sister and aunt have all had BCCs,” Greg said.

“I saw a guy in Brisbane with the tip of his nose removed and that also helped motivate me to get mine checked.”

Greg underwent surgery and the cancer was removed. He said it had motivated his three boys to become more sunsmart.

“What it comes down to is not waiting until it is too late,” he said.

To register for Queensland SunSmart Day call 1300 65 65 85 or visit www.cancerqld.org.au/nationalskincanceractionweek



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