Local woman continues to battle skin cancer after first diagnosis three decades ago

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Mt. Pleasant, S.C. – May is skin cancer awareness month and one woman is speaking out in hopes other people will avoid sun exposure without protection after it nearly took a portion of her face. 

Kay Addis was first diagnosed with skin cancer in her mid 30s. The fight has continue now three decades later.

“I have had more than a dozen skin cancers and had surgery that took half of my eyebrow and took 65 percent of my lower lip,” said Addis. 

Addis admits sunscreen was never part of her daily routine growing up. Her goal at the time was to get a dark tan. 

The problem is no tan is a safe tan, according to Dr. Marguerite Germain at Germain Dermatology. 

“It is so important to protect your skin because the skin remembers every second that you spend out in the sun from the time that you were a baby,” said Dr. Germain. 

Dr. Germain treats Addis twice a year. While we were filming Addis’ story, Dr. Germain removed several skin cancer spots on her face. 

It is recommended that you wear an ounce of sunscreen on your entire body each day and a teaspoon of sunscreen on your face. The sunscreen should be at least 30 to 50 SPF. It should be reapplied every two hours.

Dr. Germain diagnosis skin cancer every day and melanoma every week at her Mt. Pleasant office. She encourages people to limit time outdoors during midday sun and wear sunscreen all day.

Addis regrets all of the years she spent laying out in the sun. Her worst skin cancer diagnosis was on her lip. 

“I had a scar that went halfway down my face, down my chin and up. Even now part of my chin has no feeling,” said Addis.

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