Woman left with hole in her head after dismissing cancer as ‘stubborn spot’
A mother-of-two was left with a hole in her face after dismissing skin cancer as a ‘stubborn spot.’
Keely Jones, 40, was advised to see a dermatologist after her beautician noticed the red blemish on her face.
But Keely from North Carolina, was convinced that the bump on her temple was just a spot as she’d rarely exposed her skin to the sun.
When she eventually got tested, Keely was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma – a skin cancer that can cause extreme disfigurement if left untreated.
Doctors needed three attempts to remove the growth, which left Keely with a hole the size of a five pence piece.
And it needed 20 stitches to close the gaping hole.
She said: ‘I don’t usually have blemishes on my face, so it was unusual for me to get a spot.
‘I thought it was just a stubborn one, so I just continued to pick it and every time it would just scab over and bleed.
‘After going for a facial I was advised to go and see a dermatologist after the beautician noticed the spot, but it took months to get referred to a clinic.
‘I only ever used tanning beds when I was in my teens and I hardly went in the sun anymore. And when I was in the sun my face would always be covered.
‘I’m lucky that I got the lump removed when it did, or it’s likely that the cancer would’ve spread across my face.’
Keely is now recovering after having her stitches removed and is now using her story to raise awareness to others.
She added: ‘Hopefully it will help at least one person learn the importance of looking after their skin.
‘Skin cancer can happen to anyone. I hardly used tanning beds, and always avoided the sun, and I still managed to end up with skin cancer.’