Carole beats cancer and braves the shave

Carole Smith.
Carole Smith.

A disabled Rugby woman who has beaten cancer is braving the shave to help other people with the disease.

Carole Smith knew something was wrong when a scab would not heal on her face.



She said: “I had basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer) removed from my nose in 2011. I also had a lump removed from my hand that was Bowen’s disease.”

Bowen’s disease is a very early form of skin cancer, which is easily curable.

The main sign is a red, scaly patch on the skin.

“I’m told sun damage has caused freckles, lumps and patches on my arms.

“ This was all caused by the sun when we went on European holidays some 40 years ago.”

Carole now follows the ‘slip, slap, slop’ rule.

“It means slip on a T-shirt, slap on a hat and slop on the sunscreen,” she said.

“I’m disabled and can’t do marathons, running or sponsored walks, but I can have my hair shaved to help others.”

Carole’s Brave the Shave will take place at Experience Hair Design, 44 Regent Street, Rugby on July 5 at noon.

“My shave will be done by Anna and hopefully members of the public and I’m asking £1 per cut,” she said.

The brave fundraiser will donate the money to Macmillan Cancer Support.

“I wish to thank Jane Mozley for allowing me to use her salon,” she added.

“I’m not scared - my hair will grow back.”

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