There is another good reason not to use SPF.
The Canadian mother resembled a “victim of an acid attack” after drinking an anti-cancer cream – it appeared after years of not using sunscreen.
Honor Stark told SWNS about the topical treatment she was forced to wear six hours a day: “I seem to have had an oxygen attack.” A 53-year-old Toronto resident added, “[Using chemotherapy cream] It’s like pouring acid on your skin and your skin foams. That’s what it feels like, and that’s what it looks like. ”
Stark uses the cream to treat his basal cell carcinoma, one of the most common types of skin cancer and diagnosed to 3.6 million people each year in the United States. Although not generally fatal, this condition can recur after successful treatment and increase the risk of developing other types of skin cancer.
It started in 2008 when a mother of four noticed a colorless, dimple-sized hole with a scaly texture on her forehead.
Stark initially ruled out clear eczema because he was close to the disease and “the skin was very dry,” SWNS reported.
However, the woman reportedly began to worry a few months later after her “forehead was cut with that injury.” So he decided to look for an expert.
“It ate my skin and tissue and came very close to the bone in my forehead, which made me afraid to see a doctor,” Stark recalls.
That’s when he was diagnosed.
The patient said: “I went into his office, I was so excited and I didn’t know anything about skin cancer, he immediately looked at my forehead and said:“ You have cancer. We need to set a date for the operation to remove it. ‘
“It was very scary because I didn’t know what kind of cancer it was,” Stark said, very upset by the doctor’s “kindness” and “began to cry.”
Stark replaced the doctors in 2009, hoping to pick up the man who was smarter, perhaps better, next to the bed. The following year, he underwent a removal procedure.
This did not alleviate the problem: the cancer metastasized to Stark’s entire face, but unfortunately to his neck, arms, and chest.
“I’ve had a lot of injuries over the years and I couldn’t count them,” he said. “I have the skin of an old woman in her 70s or 80s.”
Since 2010, Stark has had 30 skin surgeries – it’s like a game.
The poor girl explains her plight by saying, “I’ve never protected my skin.”
“I apply sunscreen to my children, but I don’t like sunscreen at all,” she explained. “I had sunscreen in my house, but it’s not something I think about when I go out every morning.”
“I’m not wearing a hat or standing under an umbrella, so I have so much cancer,” Stark said.
To protect sensitive skin, a mother should wear sunscreen no matter what the weather, and she should never expose herself to direct sunlight again.
Stark was also prescribed the aforementioned chemotherapy cream in 2012, which he likened to “hunting for cancer cells.”
“If you use it, it only removes cancer or pre-cancerous cells and there is red, ugly skin,” he explained.
Unfortunately, one of the side effects was that her skin was “very hot and incredibly itchy,” she said, “as if red, burning ants were running on your skin.”
And the pain is not just physical: “It makes my skin look like it’s in a terrible accident,” Stark explained. “People have moved away from me. It hurt, and it seemed that he had left me. ”
He added: “People show me and don’t understand if I have an infectious disease, or if someone raped me or had a car accident.”
Stark now hopes to use his test as a reminder of the dangers of refusing sunscreen.
“I want people to understand that the little behaviors they put on the agenda can stop this,” said Stark, who has published a lot of sunscreen PSAs on TickTock. “So you wear a hat. When I see babies outside wearing hats in the bright sunlight, I think, ‘I’m scared.’
He added: “I really like to raise awareness because this type of cancer can protect you and your children from the disease at any time and at any age.”