Wayne G has lived a life that many gay men would envy. The British-born, internationally acclaimed DJ at party parties has spent much of the last 25 years having fun and traveling the world. He enjoys musical success on his own, as well as producing and remixing Cher, Madonna and Lady Gaga.
The 46-year-old has performed at Sydney-like Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence in New Orleans and is a permanent DJ at Atlantis Cruises.
However, this does not mean that his life is an ordinary sailing ship. Followers of his social media will know that he speaks openly about mental health issues, and the last year in particular has been difficult. The closure of clubs has seen it with almost zero bookings in the last 12 months.
A recent Facebook post revealed that he had another battle in his hands: skin cancer.
“I shared my mental health problems, depression and anxiety, so now, under guidance, I share my last journey. I have skin cancer, “he said.
“Again. In the larger scheme, this is not so serious. It was caught early. We hope it is treatable with minimal risk.
“The reason for this is that I know that many of us gays tend to face the sun or the nearest beach and throw in olive oil or a little more … I have had BCC and SCC for several years, from my time. in Australia, I run to the beach and lie there for hours, but I’m actually ginger, half Irish and translucent white. Not good.”
He said he wanted to encourage people to “talk about it. Let’s discuss that no healthy and please, at the first signs that you have something on your skin that is abnormal, get to the flowering doctor. I didn’t do it. Again. “
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He went on to talk about the treatment he was undergoing.
“I’m currently breastfeeding for a week + worth of Moss surgery, which removes these legions, layer by layer. This is a great way to make sure it doesn’t come back or have minimal scarring. Consult your doctor. Regular. Look at your body and notice some strange spots. Even those anal warts.
“Take the necessary steps. Talk about it. With me. With friends. With a doctor. Everyone. Get the help that is there. Please.”
Wayne was based in his hometown of London during the pandemic. He said Queerty more about his experience with skin cancer. He says he was first diagnosed 11 years ago, in his mid-30s.
“The doctor at the time told me that I should expect more, constantly over the years. This is the third time since then. This is unfortunately the worst so far. “
Wayne had BCC and SCC. They mean basal cell carcinoma, which accounts for about 75 out of every 100 skin cancers, and squamous cell carcinoma accounts for another 20 of every skin cancer diagnosis. The most serious and aggressive form of skin cancer is melanoma, while BCC and SCC are non-melanoma cancers.
BCC and SCC affect the cells in the upper layer of your skin, while melanoma affects the cells deeper in the epidermis and is more likely to spread to other parts of your body. However, you should seek treatment everything types of skin cancer.
“I noticed some small red spots,” says Wayne, recalling the early signs. “I just thought they were common little spots that we all get, but they started to fall apart a little bit and I couldn’t choose them. Then they would reappear.
“In the beginning, they were tiny, so I really didn’t think much about it. Then I asked a doctor-friend in Sydney, Australia, about them on my chest, thinking it was some kind of rash and he told me that I should check them immediately. “
“The doctor said it was very likely that I had been exposed to too much in Australia over the years. The sun there is strong, without the ozone layer in the 90s.
“I was so happy that I traveled there for concerts and then I started staying for 2-3 months in the summer.
“I would run to the beaches with friends and splash olive oil on my pasty, semi-Irish ginger skin … I would look like a flamingo for days, but eventually I would turn brown, which, of course, like a young gay me happy. I thought it was more attractive to others and to myself.
“Campaigns for skin cancer and staying away from the sun really only started in the early 00’s. At that time, the damage had already been done to me.
“Nowadays, if I have a beach day in Oz, my gorgeous friends have bought tents or umbrellas for me and I’m made to sit under them, bowing every hour with a sun factor of 50. I’m not allowed in direct sunlight. with one of them already “, he laughs.
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He knows he will probably continue to need treatment.
“With BCC and SCC, this will be an ongoing thing in the coming years. Once you have had this overexposure, the damage is done. There is no going back.
“Melanoma may be a different thing, but of course it’s much more dangerous. I have already had two malignancies removed. It is a painful process and involves chemotherapy or radio, or both. “
What advice would you give to gay men who like to sunbathe for hours or are fond of tanning beds?
“Look, we’re adults and it’s wonderful to be on the beach on vacation with friends, to tan for hours every day for a week or two, but you really have to think about your own skin and your origins. If you burn easily, stay away from the sun. Period.
“Hit sunscreen every hour or two. Follow the instructions that are there: Do not sit in the sun between 12 and 15 in the evening, the hottest times.
“Look at your skin and body and look for spots you haven’t seen before, or any changes in your freckles or moles. Be aware.
“I don’t think anyone will really stop going to the beach, but try to protect yourself as best you can. Limit the time you spend there. Apply sunscreen again, especially after swimming.
“Wear a hat if you can.” Now I don’t leave the house for a single day without sunscreen on my face or exposed areas. Even in gray, cloudy London.
“Some sunscreens can cause blemishes, but I found an amazing NZ brand called Savvytouch. They have an amazing mango oil SPF 30. That was my savior. “
The cancerous lump on the skin will often be red and tight or may look like an ulcer. Cancer spots are more likely to be flat and scaly.
However, if you notice all kinds unusual lumps, ulcers, lesions or discoloration of the skin that do not heal after four weeks, seek medical attention. The same goes for any moles or freckles that grow, change shape or bleed. Your doctor will refer you to a dermatologist or other specialist if you need further tests.
And don’t forget your sunscreen!