A year after undergoing surgery to remove two skin cancers from her face, Deborah Hutton has revealed the extent of her healing, with fans flocking to comment on the incredible results.
On June 1, 2020, the model and TV star took to social media to share the frightening news that she had just undergone surgery to remove facial basal cell carcinoma, sharing a picture that stunned fans.
Today, on the anniversary of the surgery, the 59-year-old shared a before and after pic showing off her incredible, scar-free face. Hutton captioned the post saying that if she had been checked sooner she may have avoided the “invasive surgery” altogether.
“I can’t believe it’s been 12 months since surgery. But LOOK #nomakeup over scar!” she wrote. “Message is clear and simple… don’t be afraid, don’t put it off, don’t delay…”
“If you haven’t had your skin checked with a professional in the last 12 months, it’s time to get an [appointment]. If I’d jumped on it sooner than I did I might have avoided such an invasive surgery. Just goes to show.”
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Fans flooded the Instagram post with hundreds of comments of support, with one cheeky user writing, “Still stunning and aging like fine wine”.
Another, clearly impressed by the model’s results wrote, “Please let us know what you did after your surgery to help your scar heal so beautifully”.
Former Today presenter Deborah Knight, 48, who revealed in April that she too would be undergoing skin cancer surgery also commented on the post, writing “You give me heart deb (sic) as I wait for my nose to heal. 17 stitches on the bridge but it’s healing well and the bcc [basal cell carcinoma] is gone. Xx”.
Following Hutton’s surgery last year the model shared a shocking image to her Instagram, that showed stitches that ran from her nose to her mouth. She captioned the post with a warning to fans that “early detection is everything”.
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“I have ummed and aahed about posting this but after having the stitches out from another major surgery to remove two skin cancers, and being extreme grateful they’ve got it all, I feel it’s only right to remind you get your SKIN CHECKED!” Hutton wrote. “Please. Early detection is everything!! Don’t delay. To look at the area around my nose prior to surgery, nothing was visible to the naked eye. Only my dermatologist flagged it months earlier … So don’t stuff around with your health!
“My skin will heal and in the coming months you’ll hardly see the scar,” she wrote. “I’ve been here before nine years ago. Skin heals beautifully but only if you give it the chance before it’s too late. Extremely grateful to my surgeon and nurses who looked after me. Huge thanks.”
Hutton also revealed at the time that it wasn’t her first cancer scare, having a basal cell carcinoma removed from the exact same spot on her face nine years earlier, saying she was stunned to discover it had returned.
According to SunSmart, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. While the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) states that 25 per cent of all cancer-related hospitalisations are for basal and squamous cell carcinoma (BCC and SCC) skin cancers. BCC is most common in those aged over 40, while SCC occurs mostly in people aged over 50.