Scots mum 'blindsided' by skin cancer bombshell a month before 40th birthday

Adele Hughes was given the shock news a month before her 40th birthday
-Credit: (Image: Daily Record)


A Scots mum was left "blindsided" when she was diagnosed with melanoma a month before her 40th birthday.

Adele Hughes is passionate about raising awareness of how to protect young people’s skin, and urging them never to use sunbeds, after overcoming her skin cancer battle.

The mum to Sienna, 12, and 10-year-old Elise, is now three years cancer free.

Adele, 44, told the Record: “I’d never wish anybody to go on that skin cancer journey.

“I had two young children when I was diagnosed in December 2019 and being told I had cancer and that it had spread to my lymph nodes, blindsided me.

“It felt terrifying and when I look back on months of treatment that included six surgeries and 18 cycles of immunotherapy treatment, I realise how difficult it has been.”

Adele with daughter's  Sienna, 12, and Elise, 10.
Adele with daughter's Sienna, 12, and Elise, 10. -Credit:Daily Record

Despite being in remission, the Stonehaven primary school teacher is still under surveillance with scans and has check-ups every six months at Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen.

She said: “I hope I can encourage people to think about their sun habits, take precautions and to never use sunbeds.

“As a mum, part of the routine in our house every morning is putting on sunscreen and we reapply sunscreen throughout the day so it remains effective.

“We need to educate parents and schools to get a message out there that it’s vital to protect your skin.

“That includes covering up with clothes, a wide brimmed hat and spending time in
the shade, especially between 11am and 3pm.

“Melanoma is something that we can prevent and I think there’s so many steps we can take to prevent this from happening to people in the future.”

New analysis from Cancer Research UK found that around 1,300 skin cancer melanoma cases in Scotland every year are preventable, with around 8 in 10 caused by too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Cancer Research UK is joining NIVEA Sun in urging the public to stay safe when enjoying the sun this summer.

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