Articles like this one should be enough to scare you into being extremely careful about taking care of your skin if you spend any significant amount of time outside in the sun. I know it worked on me.

A woman in Perth, Australia named Fallon Glossop shared a cautionary and frightening story about what happened to her husband Ryan after he had a spot on his neck checked out by a doctor.

The Instagram post reads:

“This subject is quite raw for me as my husband, Ryan was diagnosed with Melanoma in Nov 2018. After 40 odd biopsies of his neck and back, 1 of his lung and 4 surgeries, what started out so small, turned into something that none of us were ready for.

The thing is, with any skin cancer, not only do they remove the affected area of skin, but they also take a boundary around it. Ryan’s boundaries kept coming back abnormal, which was then found to be a skin condition called Nevus Spillus. It’s very rare for it to transition into melanoma, but in his case it did.

In May 2019 a large area of skin from his neck and back needed to be taken. So in his 4th surgery, Ryan had a skin graft, removing skin from both legs to cover section on his neck and back.

The strength that Ryan has had through this whole process amazes me, not only has he managed his pain considerably well but he has kept it together.

This whole experience has been hugely challenging for all of us, but if anything good is to come out of this, it is that we now want to help raise more awareness of Skin Cancer. Melanoma accounts for 10% of all skin cancers, which is why it is so important that everyone has regular skin checks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Your life is too precious to just bake yourself in the sun and not worry about your skin.”

A warning: the images in her Instagram post are quite graphic.

Especially the one at the end.

I’m not kidding.


So… PLEASE be careful out there. The sun is no joke.

And be sure to always cover up and wear A TON of sunscreen. It’s just not worth it!

Have you ever dealt with melanoma? What’s your story?

Let us know in the comments.