A 62-year-old woman originally planned to get a facial until a beautician noticed something different about her skin. Later on, the mother discovered that she had skin cancer and the discovery would leave her scarred for life.

Jillian Murray initially planned to get a simple facial service until beautician Leigh Murphy noticed the suspicious marks on her chest. The whole thing happened in October 2021.

It appears Murray was already aware of the mark as early as June of last year. However, a doctor allegedly told her that it was nothing to be worried about.

Regardless, Murphy urged her to get a second opinion.

“It looked like a red bruise. As soon as she saw it, she said I need to get it looked at as soon as possible,” Murray stated. “Prior to that, about six months before, I saw another doctor and they told me to put a cream on it and said nothing to worry about, it’s fine.”

Murray took the advice of Murphy and saw a skin specialist, the Sun reported. It was her when she discovered that she was suffering from stage two melanoma and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) on her nose.

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, typically slow-growing and seldom spread to other parts of the body. Both forms are almost always the result of sun exposure, and Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer globally.

“I went to a skin cancer doctor and he didn’t hesitate to take a biopsy,” Murray shared.

“I found out it was cancerous four days later and they didn’t muck around,” she added. “I had two major operations in less than three weeks.

The operation left Murray with noticeable scars although these can be covered up using makeup. Murphy continues to guide Murray in improving the scarring. The 62-year-old is also now using a certain kind of skincare and serum to treat the scars.

“I use an Asap SkinCare in my salon and a Super B serum that has been amazing on Jillian’s scars,” Murray said. “In April, I will start to do some radio frequency micro-needling treatments.”

Skin therapy on January 13, 2015 in Regensburg, Germany.
Skin therapy on January 13, 2015 in Regensburg, Germany. Getty Images | Isa Foltin

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