August 8, 2008

Man With the Tan: Calderwood Bids to Raise Awareness of Skin Cancer

THE owner of Scottish football's most famous suntan got a health check-up yesterday to raise awareness of skin cancer.

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood is famous for the dark brown suntan he sports all-year round.

After being contacted by health promotions nurse and Aberdeen fan Amy Mackie, he agreed to undergo a full body mole examination to highlight the dangers of the sun. He said: "It's hopefully for a good cause. It was Amy's idea and she's a massive Aberdeen supporter. She seems very enthusiastic and was quite funny in her letter. " Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of the disease in Scotland. The increasing use of sunbeds, and a lack of awareness about the dangers of the sun, are thought to play a big part in the problem.

Ms Mackie, who works for Superdrug, has launched a mole clinic in Edinburgh. Visible changes in moles can be the first indication of the disease. She wants to start a clinic in Aberdeen and decided to get in touch with the man with the most famous tan in the city.

She said: "Jimmy Calderwood is renowned for his suntan. So I thought he would be a good person to get on board and promote awareness of skin cancer."

The nurse has been inundated with inquiries from oil workers She added: "With the nature of the job and the macho environment they work in, many of them don't wear sun cream or hats "

Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.

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