Deborah Hutton reveals her skin cancer battle after sharing snaps of her post-surgery scars

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Aussie TV star Deborah Hutton gets real about her deadly brush with skin cancer in a candid Instagram post, proving that celebs aren’t immune from this deadly disease.

We might be used to seeing her glammed up on our TV screens, but on Monday night, 58-year-old presenter Deborah Hutton shared a more confronting image on her Instagram page, revealing she’d undergone surgery for skin cancer.

“I have ummed and aahed about posting this but after having the stitches out from another major surgery to remove 2 skin cancers, and being extreme grateful they’ve got it all, I feel it’s only right to remind you to get your SKIN CHECKED!” she told her followers.

With one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, Australians are all too familiar with the disease – which claims more than 2000 lives every year – but we’re still not great at getting our skin checked.

“Please. Early detection is everything! Don’t delay,” Hutton told her followers, and she’s right.

The longer skin cancers – whether they be basal and squamous cell carcinomas or the more deadly melanoma – are left to grow, the more likely they are to spread, which means they’re more difficult to treat.

Even Hutton, who underwent surgery for skin cancer once before in 2011, was unaware she had the skin cancers, noting that she couldn’t see anything amiss with the area around her nose prior to surgery.

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“Nothing was visible to the naked eye. Only my dermatologist flagged it months earlier… So don’t stuff around with your health! My skin will heal and in the coming months you’ll hardly see the scar. I’ve been here before 9 years ago. Skin heals beautifully but only if you give it the chance before it’s too late.”

Raising skin cancer awareness

Despite the prevalence of skin cancer in Australia, two in three Aussies will be diagnosed by the time they’re 70, and this makes skin cancer awareness and prevention especially important.

“Through @calltimeonmelanoma we’ve seen how powerful first-person stories can be in encouraging positive change,” explains Lisa Patulny, founder of the not-for-profit initiative.

“In Australia, we often think of skin cancer as somehow different from other cancers — we dismiss how dangerous it can be. When celebrities share their skin cancer stories it allows us to see the truth of their experience, shows us how invasive treatment can be and encourages self-education and sun safety compliance.

“Celebrities have sizeable followings of people who see them as influential figures. Using that influence to inspire positive change through sharing personal experiences, statistics and fact-based information should be celebrated.”

And while sun protection and skin cancer might have been on the top of your mind during the summer months, just because we’re heading into winter doesn’t mean you can take it easy.

According to Heather Walker, chair of Cancer Council Australia’s Skin Cancer Committee, “UV radiation and heat aren’t related. They both come from the sun and peak in summer, but heat is what you feel and UV radiation is what causes skin cancer,” she explains – which means you can still get burnt on cloudy days.

Patulny agrees, noting that depending on where you live, UV levels can still reach three or above during winter.

“According to the Cancer Council, when the UV Index is forecast to reach 3 or above it can damage skin and lead to skin cancer,” she adds. “The confusing bit is that UV can’t be seen or felt which means it can be high even on overcast or cold days.”

So, what can you do to protect yourself? First, be sure to wear sunscreen daily (click here for Patulny’s top picks) and book in for a skin check.

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