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Raise Awareness of Skin Cancer

Tuesday June 26, 2018 at 11:43am
Raise Awareness of Skin Cancer

The sun is out! And according to the weatherman / -lady it will be hot and sunny for the next coming weeks. Many of us have also booked summer holidays in destinations all over the world with sun, sea and tan, so it is a good time to remind ourselves of the importance of sun safety.

While we are enjoying the beautiful weather, and making sure that we get our daily doses of vitamin D, sadly the statistics show that cases of skin cancer are on the rise; 100,000 new cases are detected each year in the UK, with more than 2,500 people dying annually. According to Cancer Research UK 86% of the melanoma skin cancer cases are preventable, so it really makes a difference to look after yourself in the sun.

Prevent & Detect

The Institute of Osteopathy has launched a campaign to raise skin cancer awareness; Prevention and Detection.

Prevention is to remind people of the importance of the safety in the sun:

  • Timing – the sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm, so if possible stay inside or in shade
  • Cover up – wear loose, covering clothing and a hat outside
  • Use sunscreen – do your research for the best protecting and best rated sun cream. Not all brands pass the tests – read more on our previous blog. Apply sun cream at least 20 minutes before going out into the sun and remember to reapply every few hours, and sooner if you’ve been sweating or swimming

Detection – with early detection skin cancer can be treated effectively. Do a full body check regularly (get someone to help to check your back which is one of the most common places for skin cancer) and use the ABCDE check list:

  • Asymmetry – is the mole an uneven shape?
  • Border – are the edges uneven?
  • Colour – are there different shades of colour?
  • Diameter – is the mole larger than ¼ inch?
  • Evolving – has it changed shape, size or colour?

Get it confirmed - If you have a skin problem or a mole that has changed or concerns you, get it checked by an expert soon.

For further reading please see BritishSkin Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Institute of Osteopathy pages.

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