An actor who frequents tanning salons in his youth finds his life constantly compromised by cancerous tumors removed from his face every year due to excessive exposure to UV rays.
“When I was young, I told myself that a blonde with blue eyes, tanned, hurt. But today I pay the price for it. […] It’s hell,” laments Danny Tremblay, who credits the journal for making people aware of the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) rays.
For 15 years, the 55-year-old Quebec actor, who we have seen notably in STAT, Squad 99 and The young wolves, has noticed painless masses appearing on his body, especially on his face.
Every three months, he visits a dermatologist to check the progress of these bumps, which he has to remove a few times a year. Since February, he has also been undergoing chemotherapy due to the rapid progression of the disease.
“Once they had to burn 16 masses of liquid nitrogen into my face at once. I felt like I was on fire, I almost lost consciousness,” the man says.
These masses, called carcinomas, are types of skin cancer that, if not treated quickly, can spread and destroy skin, tissue, and bone (see box).
Most of the time, they occur when a person’s DNA is damaged by UV rays from the sun or artificial tanning.
Admitting to abusing tanning salons in his youth for more than 25 years, Mr. This is precisely what happened in Tremblay’s case.
“I was going there six days a week, not to mention too much sunlight. I sure regret it,” he says confidently, having removed more than a hundred masses over 15 years.
As he is constantly monitored, unless his life is threatened, he will never recover from it. According to the actor, who recently had to undergo a skin graft to repair his nose, it is a situation that is detrimental to his life.
“I lost a lot of roles due to working with my face. “Makeup can’t always cover scars like redness from surgery or chemotherapy,” she explains.
“I hope my story will prevent others from finding themselves in the same situation as me,” she continues.
Common skin cancers
Basal cell carcinoma
- It accounts for 75-80% of all skin cancer cases
- Formed in the basal (round) cells of the outer layer of the skin
- Most often appear on the head, face and neck
- Grows slowly
- Grows wide and deep into the skin and can destroy skin, tissue and bone if left untreated.
Squamous cell carcinoma
- 20% of all skin cancers
- Formed in squamous (flat) cells on the outer surface of the skin
- It grows into the deeper layers of the skin and spreads, and if left untreated, can eventually lead to death
Both types of cancer occur in 90% of cases when a person’s DNA is damaged as a result of UV rays from the sun or artificial tanning.
Source: Canadian Cancer Society and Skin Cancer Foundation
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