Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden ‘ignored’ spot before skin cancer diagnosis


Deborah Meaden was recognized with pores and skin most cancers in 2015 (Image: Getty Pictures)

Deborah Meaden has urged others to pay attention to modifications to their physique after herself ‘ignoring’ the indicators earlier than being recognized with pores and skin most cancers

The Dragons’ Den star has opened up about her expertise with the illness after a check-up together with her physician resulted in her being recognized with squamous cell carcinoma in 2015.

Squamous cell carcinoma is the most typical type of pores and skin most cancers and usually straightforward to deal with. Signs of non-melanoma pores and skin most cancers embrace a crimson lump or a flat, scaly patch on an space of pores and skin typically uncovered to the solar.

Deborah, 63, found a change together with her pores and skin whereas having her make-up completed for the BBC’s Dragons’ Den greater than seven years in the past, and the timing couldn’t have been extra lucky. 

‘I used to be filming Dragon’s Den, and I don’t get spots, however my make-up artist had seen what appeared like a [tiny little] whitehead that had been on my face for most likely about six weeks,’ Deborah defined. 

‘She saved saying, “That’s not proper, Deborah”, and I assumed, “OK that’s actually bizarre, I don’t normally get spots”. I used to be going off to Africa and I assumed, earlier than I’m going, I simply have to get that checked out.’ 

A make-up artist on Dragons’ Den identified that Deborah’s white spot was nonetheless there (Image: BBC)
Deborah has starred on Dragons’ Den since 2006 (Image: BBC)

Sharing her expertise with Vogue Williams on the Taboo Speak podcast, Deborah revealed she then despatched a photograph of the spot to her physician and was informed ‘it could possibly be one thing, it may not, but it surely could possibly be one thing’. 

At her hospital appointment, the businesswoman realized she has squamous. 

The businesswoman now takes larger care of her pores and skin within the solar (Image: Getty Pictures)
The 63-year-old has urged others to not ignore the indicators (Image: Getty Pictures)

Deborah defined that she was ‘conscious’ of how a lot injury the solar may do to her pores and skin however had by no means been badly burnt, which led her to suppose she was ‘proof against it’. 

‘I assumed, I’d look truthful, however clearly my pores and skin can deal with it. So it was a little bit of a shock once I realised there was some injury completed,’ she stated. 

The TV character additionally informed The Solar that she ‘ignored’ the white spot till her make-up artist identified that it was nonetheless there. 

Deborah now takes extra care to guard her pores and skin within the solar, and wears issue 50 solar cream and has common pores and skin checks over her complete physique.

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You’ll be able to contact their helpline on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days every week from 8am to 8pm), use their webchat service, or go to their website for extra data.

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