Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is skin cancer awareness month, and this is a time for people to speak up about the dangers of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK and rates continue to rise, with at least 100,000 new cases now diagnosed each year. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers.

Most skin cancers are caused by skin damage that happens from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. The damage can happen from sun exposure over a long period of time or from a history of suffering with sun burn. Exposure to ultraviolet light from sun beds and sunlamps also damages the skin and increases the risk of skin cancer.

The best protection from ultraviolet light is to cover up and be safe in the sun! Wear a hat and long sleeves.

Nearly everyone is guilty of craving that golden, natural tan when on vacation and wanting to soak up the suns rays to achieve that. However, this comes at a great risk. Being safe in the sun should be your number one priority. Continue reading to find out how:

  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen – SPF 30 or higher
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect the face and neck
  • Wear UV blocking sunglasses to protect the eyes
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to those easy to miss spots – top of ears, back of neck, feet, lips and scalp
  • Limit your time in the sun, stay in the shade when the UV rays are at a high (between 11am – 3pm)
  • Don’t let your skin go red or burn
  • Sun protection rubs off when it comes to contact with sand, water, towels or sweat. Ensure you are reapplying throughout the day
  • Avoid using a sunbed or sun lamp

If you notice any changes, or anything unusual on any area of skin, you should make an appointment to show your GP straight away. It may also benefit you to take a photograph of anything unusual so you can track any future changes.

If you desire that golden brown glow, why not go faux? Using a self-tanner is the safest way to achieve a sensual tan, cutting out any dangerous risks.

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