A 37-year-old Australian father of two children warns others of a routine skin exam after losing a large chunk of meat on his back and neck on a melanoma.
Perth-based Ryan Glossop diagnosed melanoma in November 2018 after seeing a seemingly harmless "sunspot" on his neck. Four operations and almost a year later he was given the all-clear.
"Every time his marker came back [abnormal] and I was told to remove more [ed] I felt sick. "Fallon Glossop, Ryan's wife, told Fox News," I can not really explain that feeling, but it's something I'd never want to go through again. "
More and more skin had to be on the upper back and back In May, during his fourth and final surgery, so much was taken that Ryan needed a skin graft to cover the affected area, and surgeons used skin from the back of his legs to replace what they were taking
A total of about 3 inches wide and 15 inches long was removed.
A skin condition called Nevus spilus led Ryan to develop melanoma. Fallon, 32, wrote in an October. 3 Facebook post about her husband's cancer trip. At the time of writing, the post had more than 1,200 responses and about 3,000 shares.
"This whole experience has been a tremendous challenge for all of us, but if it turns out to be good, that's what we want to do to raise awareness about skin cancer," she wrote.
Ryan's diagnosis shocked the young family of four (the couple has two children together, an 8-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl). But Fallon was determined and unwavering to support her partner during his cancer journey.
"I knew I needed to be strong and let Ryan know that I was fine so I could help him with it. He never once complained and remained brave all the time, "she said, noting that she admired Ryan's strength" so much ".
"We were positive for our children all the time, letting them know that asking questions was always alright," she added.
Ryan told the Daily Mail that his diagnosis was "scary," but he was relieved when the doctors told him that after his fourth surgery, he would probably be cancer-free.
It was more about the fact that I had pretty strong scars, "he said. He'll probably need a reconstructive operation, Fallon said.
In the US, skin cancer is the most common cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. More than 1 million Americans suffer from melanoma.
Skin cells are damaged when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light that is present in both the sun and the solarium.
The academy states that men's melanoma rates could be higher, at least partly because of generally lower sun protection rates] The day after Fallon's viral Facebook post, Ryan also turned to the social media platform with a similar message.
"I did not want to post anything about my experiences last year, but I'm convinced after the end of the month The answer to my wife's last post that if I do not, I miss the opportunity to have at least one skin scan he wrote, noting that a friend was the first to point out his idea "Suspicious Mole" and encouraged him to have it checked.  "Fortunately, the rest of the past is a thing of the past and I'm making progress, but please do not hesitate to share and get … a skin check!" He added.