Since losing a large chunk of flesh from his back and neck to melanoma, a 37-year-old Australian father of two urges others to undergo routine skin monitoring.
In November 2018, Ryan Glossop, of Perth, was diagnosed with melanoma after he discovered a seemingly innocuous “sunspot” on the back of his neck. Four surgeries, and almost a year later, he was given the all-clear just recently.
Fallon Glossop, Ryan’s wife, told Fox News: “Each and every time his marker came back abnormal and being told they needed to remove more, I felt sick.”
Each surgery required more and more skin to be removed on the man’s upper back and neck. In May, so much was taken during his fourth and latest surgery that Ryan needed a skin graft to cover the area affected. Surgeons replaced what they removed with skin from the back of his legs.
A total area was removed approximately 3 inches wide and 15 inches long.
A skin condition called Nevus Spilus led Ryan to develop melanoma. Ryan’s wife posted a Facebook post on Oct. 3 describing her husband’s cancer experience. The article had over 1,200 responses and about 3,000 shares.
S K I N C A N C E R // WARNING ⚠️ confronting images*⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀This subject is quite raw for me as my husband, Ryan…
Glossop’s diagnosis rocked the young family of four (the pair have two children together, an 8-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl). But in supporting her partner during his cancer journey, Fallon Glossop remained resolute and unwavering.
“I knew I needed to be strong and let Ryan know that I was coping fine so I could help him through it,” she said.
Glossop said his diagnosis was scary, but he was relieved when he was told by doctors that after his fourth surgery he would probably be cancer-free.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, which notes that more than 1 million Americans are diagnosed with melanoma, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.
Skin cells are damaged by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light in both the sun and tanning beds.
Many cases of melanoma are due to UV radiation, the academy report states that melanoma levels in men may be higher because of generally lower sun protection rates, at least in part.
The day after the viral Facebook post from Fallon, Ryan also took a similar message to the social media platform.