We can all learn a little from Andy’s situation

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Cancer is a truly unforgiving disease.

It takes young and old and leaves heartbreak in its wake.

Which is why it’s devastating to read the story of Andy Prowting that we lead on today.

At just 24, Andy has been given the shocking news that he may have only nine months to live.

He has an aggressive form of skin cancer that had spread to his bones and liver before he got treatment.

Doctors have told him there’s no more that they can to help him.

Andy believes that his cancer was brought on by the sun.

He first noticed a new mole after he’d been on a holiday to Turkey and got sunburned.

It grew and changed form so he went to the doctors when his cancer was diagnosed.

There’s something we can all learn from this terrible case.

While cancer cannot be prevented, we can take steps to minimise the risks.

As Andy did on his holiday, the key is to make sure that you’re using sun cream.

And that can mean not just in the summer, but all year round on exposed skin.

If you are on a holiday in a hot place then do as the locals do... get out of the heat during the hottest part of the day.

It’s not a coincidence that in France and Spain and other countries homes and shops often close up over lunchtime for hours.

The other lesson is be body aware.

If you have moles make sure you know where they are so you’ll know if they change or if a new one appears.

Of course, it goes without saying that you should make your GP the next port of call if you have any worries.

So while all our sympathy goes out to Andy and his family, we hope the devastating situation can encourage people to take more steps to keep themselves safe.

To read more about Andy’s story click here.

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