Mum has to have eye SEWN SHUT to treat skin cancer after lash technician spotted it

  • 16 days ago
A mum alerted to a tiny spot on her eye while getting her lashes done was diagnosed with skin cancer - and had to have her eye SEWN SHUT to treat it.

Chloe Boulden, 28, was told she had a tiny spot on her lash line when she went to get eyelash extensions in October 2022.

The spot beneath her left eye continued to grow and become red over the next few months - and Chloe became more concerned.

In October 2023 a skin check up led to her being booked in for an urgent appointment with a specialist.

A biopsy revealed the mum-of-four had basal cell carcinoma - a form of skin cancer caused by sun exposure.

Chloe had to have the cancerous part of her eye cut away and a skin graft taken from her neck to replace it, in a full eye reconstructive surgery.

Then she had to have her eye sewn shut for weeks to get an established blood supply to the graft.

Now Chloe wants to remind others of the importance of sun protection - and to warn people to "take skin cancer seriously".

Chloe, a baker, from Adelaide, Australia, said: "When I went to my skin check, the doctor said 'I don't mean to scare you, but this doesn't look good.'

"It sunk in when I went to the plastic surgeon and he confirmed it was cancerous.

"To be 28 years old and need a full eyelid reconstruction is pretty devastating - when I went for the surgery I was very emotional.

"Unfortunately I found out the cancer had spread and I need another surgery, but fingers crossed that'll be it then.

"I never thought anything like this would happen to me - people seem to think skin cancer isn't as dangerous as other cancers, but it can be.

"And it can happen to anyone - no matter your age or gender."

Since becoming a mum to Aaliyah, 10, Amaya, eight, Orlo, five, and Meadow, three, Chloe had adopted a good attitude towards sun safety.

But in her teenage years she would sunbathe for hours with no protection - lying on the beach until she was "red raw" and hoping the redness would turn into a tan.

She would even apply tanning oil with no SPF to help tan her further - not realising the damage she might be doing.

But years on, Chloe didn't think much of the small spot on her eye when it was first alerted to her.

She got it checked out anyway, but the optometrist reckoned it was just a blocked tear duct and prescribed an ointment.

She went to A&E in March 2023 when her eye turned "really red" but again doctors didn't piece it together.

But in October 2023, during her yearly skin check, the doctor spotted it.

Chloe said: "He checked my face and asked how long I had the lump on my eye.

"He said 'I don't mean to scare you, but this doesn't look good.'

"I was oblivious and in shock - I didn't even think it could be cancerous."

She was referred immediately to a top plastic surgeon - who "took one look and instantly knew."

A biopsy was taken which confirmed it was basal cell carcinoma and she was told she would need surgery.