Skin Cancer Awareness Month is here! There's no better time to for us talk about skin cancer and the steps we can all take to safeguard our skin health. It is so important to regularly check and protect our skin, for both early detection and effective prevention of skin cancer. Overexposure to UV rays from the sun is a key risk factor for both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers - which means that we can do our part to reduce our own risk by staying sun-safe and sun-smart. Here are a few tips on how to go about checking and protecting your skin.
Spotting skin cancer early can make treatment easier and more likely to succeed. That's why it's so important to regularly check our skin from head-to-toe; including our back, ears, and other hard to see areas. Use a mirror or ask someone to help out to make sure you're not missing any spots.
Here are a couple of signs to look out for, which may be worth seeing your GP about:
If in doubt, check it out - definitely do see your GP about any lumps or moles you're unsure about. They will be able to examine your skin and refer you onto a specialist if needed.
The single most important thing we can do to reduce our chance of skin cancer is protecting our skin from the sun and overexposure to UV light. This means:
To learn more about skin cancer and sun safety, you can read more on any of these websites:
Cancer Foundation - Skin Cancer Awareness Month
British Association of Dermatologists - Sun Awareness Week
British Association of Dermatologists - Information Leaflets
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