Get moles checked says Sutton woman diagnosed with cancer aged 22

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A 22-year-old Sutton woman who was diagnosed with skin cancer wants to warn others to check for suspicious moles on their body.

Louise Hanson, wants to thank Nottingham City Hospital for all their support during the agonising three months.

Her mum, Carol, 45, encouraged Louise to have the mole on her leg checked out when it started to bleed and rub against her leggings.

But nothing prepared the pair for the news when the results came back as skin cancer.

Her mum said: “She was absolutely scared to death as soon as she heard ‘cancer.’ She thought ‘forget it’ - she thought she was going to die. The staff and the treatment was amazing.

“I want the hospital to know ‘keep up the good work’ especially when they are under pressure. It is the best hospital I have been to.”

The hospital operated on the affected skin and she is now having tests to make sure the cancer has been fully removed.

Her mum added: “They said she should be fine because they have caught it early, but she is still shaken up. If you see a change in a mole or if it is bleeding, go and get it checked out.”

Louise added: “Everyone from the nurse to the doctor was amazing. If I needed anything they would be there, checking everything and keeping an eye on it.

“I am only 22 and I have had it so it is easy to get and it is common. If a mole changes and it gets bigger then go to the doctor and they will know if there is something wrong.

Joanne Gough, ward manager at Nottingham City Hospital, said: “We’re pleased to hear Louise is doing so well after her recent treatment and feels that she received such good care in our hospital.

“We are grateful to Louise and her mum for their kind words and feedback and we wish Louise a healthy and happy future.”