RELIEVED: Peter Parker shows the wound left after a melanoma was removed from his neck by Dr Stephen Rigby.
RELIEVED: Peter Parker shows the wound left after a melanoma was removed from his neck by Dr Stephen Rigby. Allen Winter

Chance doctor’s visit found melanoma, saved Peter's life

PETER Parker first noticed a small black mark on his neck about 10 years ago.

He didn't think a great deal about it and wasn't too concerned.

But the mark started to grow about four years ago and took on a shape something like Australia. Then Tasmania popped up, and then the two marks joined.

"A couple of weeks ago, I was heading to the cinema to check movie times and walked past the Gladstone Medical Centre. I had been a little worried about a skin tag which had grown in my ear, so I went in and made an appointment," he said.

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"I hadn't even at that stage given much thought to the mark on my neck."

Dr Stephen Rigby examined the ear, but became much more interested in Mr Parker's Australia-shaped mark on his neck.

Two weeks later, the mark was removed and found to be a melanoma.

Dr Rigby also found an invasive basal cell carcinoma - another form of skin cancer - on Peter's shoulder, and removed that.

"It's all happened so quickly," he said.

"And it's taught me a lot. The main thing is that we just don't take enough care out in the sun."


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