Harry Jowsey Diagnosed with Skin Cancer at 26: Key Facts About the Disease

Reality star advocates for health amid rising skin risks.

by Nouman Rasool
Harry Jowsey Diagnosed with Skin Cancer at 26: Key Facts About the Disease
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At just 26 years old, reality TV star Harry Jowsey has been diagnosed with skin cancer, sparking concern and a serious health message among his vast following. The Australian, famed for his stint on Netflix's "Too Hot To Handle" and "Dancing With The Stars," shared the alarming news via a TikTok video, emphasizing the critical importance of sunscreen as warmer weather looms.

In his heartfelt video, Jowsey reassured his fans: "I’m going to be all good, everything’s going to be ok," while encouraging proactive health measures. "If you’re a freckly little frog like me, go get a mole map and get your body checked, because you never know," he advised, revealing that a seemingly innocuous spot on his shoulder had been cancerous for a year or two without his knowledge.

Controversial Tanning Trends

His plea for awareness and responsibility in skincare comes at a time when public figures like Kim Kardashian have controversially highlighted the use of tanning booths, inadvertently influencing the younger generation's beauty standards.

His message, therefore, is fundamentally at odds with an alarming trend within Generation Z that still continues to pursue sunbeds in order to maintain an aesthetic, despite their well-publicized dangers. Despite efforts, skin cancer remains a major health risk—largely the result of overexposure to ultraviolet rays in sunlight or from tanning beds.

Melanoma is projected to be the most diagnosed of over 100,600 new cases in 2024 by the American Cancer Society, with about 8,290 who are projected to succumb to it. While melanoma is generally regarded as the deadliest, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma are also frequently.

Risk factors for skin cancer include fair skin, history of freckles or burns, numerous moles, long periods of UV exposure, and skin cancer in a relative. However, it has been claimed that many of those risks can be easily reduced when appropriate preventive measures are taken.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend these include seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Additionally, routine skin exams can be lifesaving by early detection of possible cancers.

Physicians and dermatologists advise people to apply the A-B-C-D-Es of melanoma to check suspicious moles for asymmetry, irregular borders, uneven color, diameter, and evolution in these moles as the primary criteria for possible skin cancers.