Short, back and ... saves lives
By JADE BILOWOL
BARRY Faulkner is not your traditional life saver.
Wielding a pair of scissors or clippers, the Burleigh barber goes beyond the call of duty by not only cutting hair but spotting potentially fatal skin cancers in discreet spots.
And clients Peter Russell and Barry Welsh can vouch for his life-saving vigilance that needs to extend to more people this summer as the sun scorches the Gold Coast, blanketing the outdoors with UV radiation.
"Peter didn't know ? he had longer hair ? and if the malignant spot was not picked up, he would have died," Mr Faulkner said.
"I referred him to a doctor that day."
Mr Welsh said a mole on his cheek that he had barely noticed was spotted by Mr Faulkner last year during a routine visit for a trim.
"Before I knew it I was under the knife," Mr Welsh exclaimed.
While the mole was non-malignant, Mr Faulkner warned moles could turn malignant with breakneck speed.
Mr Faulkner has been a barber for eight years, the past three of which he has maintained an intense lookout for skin cancer.
"People have come up from Victoria, NSW, New Zealand and Tasmania ... you refer them to a doctor," he said.
Mr Faulkner said he wanted hairdressers to unite and fight the huge threat posed by skin cancer.
"That's what we really want, all hairdressers to look out for this," he said.
Mr Faulkner warned the sooner a skin cancer was spotted the better.
"Time is of the essence with skin cancer," he said.
Hairdressers interested in converging to fight the danger of skin cancer by arming themselves with the knowledge to detect suspicious moles and discoloured skin should contact Mr Faulkner on 0412?820?588.