Her dad, John, 55, paid tribute to his daughter and spoke of how dangerous the sun can be. He said: "The whole family is devastated because you think it can never happen to you and then it does. It shows nobody is exempt.
"Since Alexandra was diagnosed we learnt that people with red hair and blue eyes and who are generally fair skinned are more prone to contracting skin cancer.
"Alexandra did cover up in the sun because in the past she did get burnt, but she had also used sunbeds and we don't know if that too was a factor."
A study carried out by Professor Brian Diffey revealed in March that sunbathing can double the risk of skin cancer.