Comedian Sean Lock: The one-night stand that saved my life! Before his success as a comedian, he spent one night stand websites uk working on building sites – without suncream.
Then a girl called Tina made a very alarming discovery. The one-night stand that saved my life! Some might think it’s a brave man who volunteers the fact that a one-night stand has saved his life, but comedy star Sean Lock is the first to put up his hand. He is known as the first comedian to have performed at the 12,000-capacity Wembley Arena in 1993. But it’s an event that might not have happened if it was not for the keen eye of a girl called Tina, who spotted his malignant melanoma – skin cancer. And while the mention of skin cancer in these dark days of winter may seem incongruous – it is a disease associated with sunshine and hot summer days – this is far from true. Dr David Fenton, consultant dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, says: ‘We should be just as vigilant in the winter months when we are all wrapped up as in the summer when we are wearing less and are more likely to notice changes in the skin.
So it is important to check for new pigmentation or changes in existing moles whatever the time of year. Most cases of skin cancer are discovered in young people between the ages of 15 and 34, and Sean fell right into this category with a diagnosis at 27. Despite his fair skin and hair, the comic confesses that in his youth he was a typical male and spurned the use of suncreams. I was 18 and had taken A-levels in Woking where I grew up. But I didn’t want to go to university so left sixth-form college. My father was in the building industry and he found me a job stripping concrete panels off buildings. It was dangerous work on high scaffolds, sometimes 12 hours a day, Monday to Friday, and often weekends too.