In June 2020, just one month after her face surgery, Deborah shared an image on her Instagram of a deep wound around her mouth where the skin cancer had been cut out.
“After having the stitches out from another major surgery to remove two skin cancers, and being extremely grateful they’ve got it all, I feel it’s only right to remind you to get your skin checked,” she wrote in the Instagram post.
“Please… Early detection is everything! Don’t delay,” she urged.
The photo showed the large area where the skin cancer was removed, which ran from the right side of her nose, down around the right side of her mouth to her chin.
It’s hard to believe that before surgery, Deborah’s skin cancer wasn’t visible to the naked eye and the area on her face seemed to look like normal, healthy skin. Luckily, the skin cancer was picked up during a routine check by her dermatologist. This is why Deborah is so passionate about advocating for regular skin checks.
While the former model and TV presenter is used to having her face in the public eye, she admitted that posting her post-surgery photo was difficult. But she knew the message behind the image was too important not to share. The response she received afterwards made it all worthwhile, with many people sending comments and messages to thank her for urging them to get their skin checked.
“This is ugly and this is something people should see… I am so thrilled for the momentum,” she stated at the time.
In the Instagram post, Deborah also shared that this was not the first time she’d been under the knife to have skin cancer removed. She’d had a similar surgery nine years prior.
“My skin will heal and in the coming months, you’ll hardly see the scar,” she said, “Skin heals beautifully but only if you give it the chance before it’s too late.”
Like Deborah, many people in Australia and New Zealand have sun damage from their youth. And the best way to detect skin cancer early enough for treatment is by getting regular comprehensive skin checks, like our Full Body MoleMap.