Home Health news The shocking photos that show the result of never wearing sunscreen or a hat – as skin cancer victim issues a warning to every Aussie

The shocking photos that show the result of never wearing sunscreen or a hat – as skin cancer victim issues a warning to every Aussie

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An Australian man who spent most of his life working outdoors without wearing a hat or sunscreen has issued a warning that he wants everyone to take seriously.

Leigh Raaschou was a volunteer junior lifesaver in Victoria and spent countless hours in the sun, resulting in nearly 200 skin cancers being surgically removed from his skin.

‘As you can see by the skin grafts and things I’ve had, I would have had well over 100 skin cancers cut off in that time, probably closer to 200,’ he recently told the ABC.

Last year, he had his fourth melanoma removed since 1998, the most aggressive and dangerous of all skin cancers.

‘The cancer got into my bone, and they had to take my skull out, put a titanium plate in,’ he told the broadcaster.

‘Unfortunately, I got an infection between the plate and my brain, and I had to go back in and remove it.

‘But due to the high risk of cutting me open, or bleeding in the brain and things like that, they’ve decided that they’re not going to put it back in.

‘I’ve had radiation in every area of my head, and the doctors have said there is no more.’

He has also undergone numerous bouts with chemotherapy, which has left him with diminished sight and hearing.

Leigh Raaschou (pictured), has revealed the horrifying extent of spending years in the sun without proper protection

Leigh Raaschou (pictured), has revealed the horrifying extent of spending years in the sun without proper protection

He has had close to 200 skin cancers removed from his body, four of which melanomas, leading to bouts with chemo and numerous surgeries on his skull

He has lost parts of his skull as a result of the cancer

He has had close to 200 skin cancers removed from his body, four of which melanomas, leading to bouts with chemo and numerous surgeries on his skull

The treatment applied to ‘every area’ of Mr Raaschou’s head has effectively eradicated any existing tumours.

But this doesn’t guarantee that melanoma won’t reappear in the future, which his wife is worried about.

‘Everything is just one day at a time, one foot in front of the other,’ he told the ABC, explaining his outlook on the future of his health.

‘If you can’t fix it yourself (there’s) no good worrying about it because you’ll make yourself sick, and I refuse to do that.’

Mr Raaschou spoke as a groundbreaking study from Charles Darwin University, and RMIT found that a cannabis extract has shown positive results in slowing down melanoma cell growth.

Melanoma is known for its aggressive nature, often spreading rapidly and proving resistant to conventional treatments.

According to Nazim Nassar, a co-author of the study, the extract PHEC-66 also increases cell death rates.

However, the treatment is still far from being used on humans as researchers test its safety and delivery methods.

‘Before we take this to human trials, we have to go through animal trials, we have to make sure that these products are safe and effective,’ Dr Nassar told the ABC.

‘And more importantly, we need to find a way to deliver (PHEC-66) directly to the cell.

Mr Raaschou has undergone radiation therapy to almost every area of his head

Mr Raaschou has undergone radiation therapy to almost every area of his head 

Photos of Mr Raaschou show him covered in scars and blemishes as a result of skin cancer

Photos of Mr Raaschou show him covered in scars and blemishes as a result of skin cancer

‘Probably here we’re looking at something topical or subcutaneous under the skin that will deliver the medicine directly to the target cells.’

Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world Every year, over 11,500 Aussies are diagnosed with melanoma, while an estimated 434,000 people undergo treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers. 

About 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer each year 

 

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