We all know the consequences for a one-night stand. While some could tell stories about the dangers of overnight sexual encounters, British comedian Sean Lock would tell you otherwise. In fact, his promiscuity saved his life.

Before Lock had reached his career heights in 1990 by winning the British Comedy Award for Best Live Comic, he used to spend a lot of time out in the sun, working on construction sites with his father. He was young, and felt that nothing bad could happen to him.

‘I was in my late 20s and had been in a long-term relationship which had come to its conclusion, so I was single. But the fact is, I was with a girl called Tina one night and if I hadn’t been, well, I’d be dead now.’ Lock told the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK.

His lady friend for the night noticed a dark crusty dime-size patch on his back.

‘I had no idea how long it had been there. It didn’t hurt or itch, so there was nothing that would have drawn my attention to it. And being in the small of my back, it was not something you could easily see while looking in a mirror.’

A visit to the dermatologist confirmed malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Had Lock not been to see a specialist on time, three to four months down the line the cancer would have spread into his lymphatic system and, most likely, could have been incurable.

‘I never saw Tina again, but if I happen to bump into her, the first thing I’ll tell her is that she saved my life …’

The moral of the story: we don’t have to search for one-night stands to monitor hard to see areas,  a regular visit to a doctor will do.

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