Colin Perry with his wife Pat
Colin Perry with his wife Pat

Skin protection was unheard of back then: survivor

MELANOMA is a serious cancer if left untreated - as Gladstone's Colin Perry knows.

He was among keen supporters of the Relay for Life event over the weekend.

Although not one of the participants to leg it through the night the 74-year-old and wife Pat, both survivors, did the tribute lap.

Colin has now had three stage 2 melanomas removed.

He and Pat keep a vigilant lookout on his skin for any signs.

In one cancer he noticed a mole was getting bigger.

He said he suffered skin damage as a result of his love of outdoor activities; as a keen scuba diver along the Western Australia coast south of Perth.

Skin protection was unheard of back then.

"In those days if you had a tan all year round you were going well," Colin recalls.

He has lost bits of his flesh as a result of necessary surgery.

"They took a few chunks out of him each time," Pat said.

"He gets regular skin checks now twice a year and no issues now.

The couple now warn and remind their family members and friends, but believe most young people are very aware of sun protection.