Deborah Meaden reflected on the diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma while speaking with Vogue Williams on the Boots Taboo Talk podcast.
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Deborah Meaden has revealed the spots her makeup artist urged her to get checked out by a doctor turned out to be cancerous.
The 63-year-old businesswoman, who lives in Somerset, opened up about her experience with skin cancer for the first time when speaking to Vogue Williams on the latest episode of Boots. taboo talk podcast.
She admitted to believing she was “immune” to the condition before she was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma.
According to that NHS, SCC appears as a firm pink-colored lump with a rough or crusted surface. It is sensitive to touch and may bleed easily. The condition can cause “considerable” damage if the tumor is not treated.
Admitting she was aware of how the sun can damage skin, Deborah said: “I’m quite fair skinned but oddly enough I’ve never really been sunburned. I think that was a problem for me.
“I thought I was immune to it. I thought I looked fair but obviously my skin can handle it. It was a bit of a shock when I realized my skin was damaged.”
She explained that she uses SPF 20 on her face but lower SPFs on her body, and admitted that she often forgot to reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
Deborah said she used the skincare products because she wanted to reduce the signs of aging, but the cancer risk hadn’t crossed her mind.
The TV personality opened up about how her Dragons’ Den makeup artist noticed a white head on her face for six weeks, which seemed unusual as she doesn’t usually get pimples.
Deborah said: “I sent a picture to my doctor who said ‘hmm that could be something’ and he got me an appointment at the local hospital.
“You said you had squamous epithelium. Squamous cell carcinoma itself isn’t dangerous, but it can become something if you don’t catch it early enough. He didn’t panic and I went on holiday to Africa, came back and then had it removed.”
Deborah’s diagnosis is now clear and she takes care of her skin by wearing factor 50 products while also choosing clothes and a hat that protect her from the sun’s harmful rays.
She continued: “If I say I was lucky, we realized it incredibly early. I’m evangelical now about telling people, “If you have a little weird pimple that won’t go away, don’t just think it’s a pimple.”
“I’ve always looked for moles. I know all the rules about moles, but I’ve never looked for anything that actually looks like a white head.
“I never would have known if it wasn’t for Sue, thank God.”
The podcast went on to advise listeners to wear at least SPF 30 daily, explaining that it’s important to wear sunscreen on flights as you’re closer to the sun.
Corresponding Cancer Research UKthere are around 16,744 new cases of melanoma skin cancer each year.
Born on February 11, 1959 and based in Somerset, Deborah Sonia Meaden became an inspirational entrepreneur after earning a business degree in college. She started her own ceramics business when she was just 19, but decided to leave it in favor of other business ventures after her products appeared in other stores without her consent.
Prior to fame as a panelist on BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Deborah worked her way up the ranks at Weststar Holidays, securing funding from Lloyds to take over the business. She sold it in 2005 for £33m but retained a 23% stake and an active role within the company. The businesswoman later sold the stake for £83million.
Today, Deborah has invested in a variety of businesses including quick-dry towels and nature-inspired fashion.
Born: February 11, 1959 at Taunton
Lives: A 10 bedroom country house in Somerset
Relationship: Paul Meaden, married since 1993
Weather: £40m net worth, according to The sun
Speaking of their social class too The guard, Deborah said, “I never needed people to like me to prove I belonged. I was happy to be me. And there was no point in my trying to pretend to be terribly posh. Or not classy.”
On snobbery, she added, “I can’t take it because it’s always based on the wrong thing. It’s based on money or education. It’s never based on ‘this is a good person’ or ‘they are in a difficult situation’.”
Deborah met her husband Paul in 1985 when he took a job at her vacation company while he was away from college. They split briefly when Deborah decided she didn’t want children, but they rekindled their relationship and married in 1993.
The couple, who live in a 10-bedroom Somerset villa, have many pets including horses, pigs, sheep and geese. Deborah previously revealed that she doesn’t do housework and Paul is responsible for all household chores.
Peter Jones is the only original member remaining since Dragons’ Den first aired in 2005. The 56-year-old from Maidenhead previously teamed up with Deborah to invest in a luxury gifts company representing people of color. Peter, who has invested in media, leisure and real estate, is worth an estimated £1.157 billion in 2021, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
Back in April 2020, Deborah slammed Sara Davies, a panelist at Dragons’ Den, for interrupting her while she was providing feedback to Joe Metcalfe on his pitch for second-hand clothing brand Thrift+. “Never respect me with all due respect,” Deborah told Sara.
The disagreement was quickly resolved when Sara later tweeted that she would not say the phrase again, adding: “Well done we’re friends hey @DeborahMeaden!”.
Sara, 38, from County Durham, is an entrepreneur who founded Crafter’s Companion and became the youngest female investor in Dragons’ Den when she joined the show in 2019.