A SOUTH Tyneside charity chief has sent out a New Year message warning people to get themselves checked out – after fighting back from a double health scare in the past 12 months.
Great North Dog Walk organiser Tony Carlisle underwent surgery in November to have a cancerous growth removed from his arm – a year after he suffered a heart attack.
The 58-year-old is back on the road to health, but is keen for others to ensure they are never too busy to keep a close eye on their wellbeing.
Mr Carlisle, a former PE teacher at Harton Technology College, says years in an outdoor occupation played a part in him contracting skin cancer.
The father-of-four, of Cauldwell Villas, South Shields said: “I have been diagnosed with a cancerous lesion.
“It will reappear in the future, anywhere on my body, and these will have to be removed.
“The cause is sun exposure due to my former occupation as a PE teacher for more than 34 years, coupled with holidays abroad and use of sun beds in the past.
“It is not fatal and is treatable, but people need to be aware of the danger of not having frequent and thorough health checks.
“It has been an exhausting year for me and my family, but I am a very lucky man.
“There are so many people out there who are far worse off than me. Health must always come first. Don’t put off what can be so easily achieved.
“‘If in doubt, check it out’ is my saying.”