In a widely shared Facebook post, Fallon tells Glossop about her husband Ryan’s battle with melanoma on his neck. After several skin grafts, the now healed man found himself with a gaping hole in his neck.
The bad news broke in November 2018 Ryan Glossop. After consulting a dermatologist about the appearance of a “brown spot” at the level of his neck, as you can see a little further down in this article, this Australian found out that he was suffering from a nevus spilusa skin condition that turned into melanoma in his case.
That’s when a long struggle began for Ryan, which was documented by his wife on social media. Fallon Glossopwho opened up about his battle with the disease in a Facebook post, showing the horrific consequences of his skin cancer.
A 40 cm hole in the neck and back
In one year, Ryan underwent no fewer than 40 biopsies, a generally very invasive examination, and four surgical procedures. “In May 2019, much of the skin on her neck and back had to be removed. For his fourth operation, Ryan underwent a skin graft, removing skin from both legs to cover his neck and back.”explains his wife in her Facebook post of October 3, 2019.
Despite this reconstructive surgery, the 40-year-old, originally from Perth, South West Australia, now finds himself with a 40cm long and 8cm wide hole that starts from the neck and spreads between the shoulder blades. But the main thing is somewhere else: Ryan has overcome cancer, is now out of danger and was able to resume his life path alongside Fallon.
Melanoma, responsible for 10% of all skin cancers
“Things started to change in the last few years, I had more pimples and freckles, but it wasn’t until I started working in the mining industry that the concept of exam skin was more present around me.”Ryan recalled after this episode in the columns of the Daily Mail.
Regarding his skin graft, he also admits that he didn’t hesitate long, knowing that the after-effects would be very visible: “It was scary at first, but when they said, ‘If we can do this skin graft, we think you’ll be fine’, the difficult part was I had pretty bad scars.”
In his contribution, his wife recalls that melanoma accounts for about 10% of skin cancer cases. Most often, in 8 out of 10 cases, it appears spontaneously on healthy skin, but in the remaining 20% it can also appear on an old mole.
If detected early, the prognosis for healing is very good, but drops sharply if the melanoma is detected later. It usually develops from overexposure to UV rays from the sun or UV lamps. For this reason, it’s a good idea to be (very) proactive when checking your moles and opt for sun protection when you’re outdoors.