Woman Gets Skin Cancer Despite Sunscreen Vigilance

Annie Tomlin found out she had basal cell carcinoma despite thinking she had taken the best precautions in caring for her skin.
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We begin with our new series, the skin you're in, taking care of your body right now. In the U.S. Alone estimated 500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. That's what one beauty editor. ABC's Mara schiavocampo has her story. Reporter: She's an expert beauty editor known for telling her millions of readers about the importance of sun screen. It's my job to know about these things. Reporter: So, when a red patch appeared on Annie Tomlin's hairline she knew something wasn't right. Could it be the queen of sun screen fell victim to the sun's damaging race? As it grew and grew it thought this isn't Normal. Reporter: Two different dermatologist said it was nothing. But when she ran into this doctor at an event her suspici suspicions were concerned. A biopsy revealing she had the most common kind of skin cancer. I was shocked. I'm very lucky my mom always put sun screen on me as a kid. Reporter: It's highly curable but early detection is key. Why is it important to treat it quickly? These things become disfiguring and they can spread throughout their body. Reporter: Doctors say be vigilant about checking your entirely body regularly. Something Annie is reminded every time she checks the mirror. It's a reminder as I go forward in life that this happened and I just want to be as safe as I can when I go out in the sun. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Mara schiavocampo, ABC news, New York. Joining us is Dr. Jennifer Ashton. Jen, I think a lot of people are under the false impression if you do everything right and you wear that sun screen you're not at risk, that's simply not true. Not true with skin cancer. We have to remember that behavior and prevention is key. It's important when you talk about skin cancer. However, there are other pieces to this puzzle, genetic component. That doesn't mean that behavior is still isn't important. Talk about genetics and the role it plays in skin cancer. Skin cancer is no different. The majority of skin cancer is sporadic. A small percentage, there are genetic mutations. We have heard of the bcra mutation. Bcra 2 actually increases the risk of melanoma. And of course, it's so important to not only check your own skin but to have a doctor do those body checks and as you heard our patient in our piece said, get second or third opinion. A biopsy should be the default pathway. People need to understand, this is trend #getnaked. You have to take all of your clothes off to have a proper skin check. It has to go fingers and toes. Dark-skind individuals very much at risk, most people think they don't. Last week I had full skin checks. Even the doctors themselves have to be the patient. Places more us susceptible than any others. Everything needs to be checked and you need to get naked. All right. Dr. Jen Ashton said it.

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