Skin Cancer

On the first day of summer, 27-year-old Gina Savage has an urgent warning for you [Video]

The glamorisation of tanning on social media is like a “kick in the guts” for a Brisbane woman fighting advanced skin cancer and she says the narrative urgently needs to be flipped.

Gina Savage, 27, was diagnosed with melanoma seven years ago and it has since spread to other parts of her body.

“Watching people glamorise a tan across social media is honestly a kick in the guts, when myself and so many others are fighting for our lives,” the advanced melanoma patient said.

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Since her initial diagnosis, the Brisbane woman has been through four rounds of radiation treatment and has been on five systemic drugs, all of which have failed.

The cancer has slowly made its way around her body, wreaking havoc, she said.

“For me, and many, many other people in my position, up to 50 per cent of advanced melanoma patients don’t respond to current available treatments.”

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