When Rachel Collett noticed a spot in the middle of her forehead in late 2014, she figured it was just a scratch she’d got while brushing her hair.
Little did she know it was far more serious.
The mark eventually scabbed, and when it fell off it left a ‘volcanic crater’-like indent in its wake.
It wasn’t until the indent turned pearly-white that 48-year-old mum went to the doctor and a biopsy revealed it to be basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.
Rachel had to have it removed in 2015, when she was 41, which left a 10cm scar on her forehead.
She’s also needed further surgeries on her face since then – once in 2018 to remove a raised lump next to her eye and another this year to remove one from the tip of her nose, which turned out to just be rosacea.
Rachel, who works at a secondary school, said that her mum was unaware …