Fitness expert Shannan Ponton has trained some of Australia’s elite athletes and professional sporting teams. He is also famous as a personal trainer on Channel 10’s The Biggest Loser Australia. He realised the indiscriminate nature of cancer after a shock melanoma diagnosis in 2010.
“I was having a holiday in Bali when my wife noticed a strange looking mole on the back of my leg. The mole was in a place that was never really exposed to sunlight, but the doctor removed it and tests later showed it was a melanoma.”
“The news was an unbelievable shock. I’ve always been in the outdoors and sunshine, but this mole was in a place normally covered up by shorts. It goes to show skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body.”
“A melanoma only needs to be a millimetre deep before it can enter the bloodstream. My melanoma was 0.6 of a millimetre, so I was 0.4 of a millimetre from the cancer spreading to other parts of my body.”
“Since then I’ve decided to support Cancer Council and Daffodil Day is a great way to raise money for cancer research and support programs for cancer patients and their families.”