This blog explores the reasons why despite the alarming increase in skin cancer rates the general public continue to expose their skin to the sun without protection. Reasons put forward include low levels of awareness of skin cancer, popular culture trends, the fact that we are living longer, spending more time outdoors, and concerns about Vitamin D.
This blog explains who you should talk to if you have concerns about skin cancer or melanoma. In the first instance, your GP should be able to address your skin concerns. If the mole or skin lesion in question is suspicious or needs more specialist attention you are likely to be referred to a dermatologist.
This blog answers a number of common questions relating to skin cancer including: What is skin cancer? What causes skin cancer? How common is skin cancer? Who is at risk of getting skin cancer? How do I know if I have skin cancer or not? How is skin cancer treated? How can I prevent skin cancer?
If you're one of our Northern Hemisphere friends and ready to soak up the summer sun, consider this... Health officials estimate more than 10,000 Americans will die this year from melanoma. The sad reality is that this is more more than one person every hour.
According to medical experts, sun exposure is a risk for increasing your risk for skin cancer.
This blog confirms that the vast majority of melanomas and skin cancers are treatable if caught at an early stage. Skin cancer death rates increase materially if detected at more advanced stages particularly in the case of melanoma. Wearing UPF 50+ sun protective clothing will allow you to lead a sun safe lifestyle.
Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon says, “don’t be lured by the prospect of the ‘healthy tan’ this summer – there’s no such thing. Overexposure to the sun has been identified as the cause of around 99% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 95% of melanoma in Australia.”
This blog confirms that someone with more than 50 common moles is deemed higher risk of skin cancer and melanoma (Source: Yale Medicine). Also, someone who has more than 10 irregular moles is 12 times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma compared to the general population (Source: Cancer Foundation).
This blog confirms that you can go outdoors and be sunsafe at the same time. It is best to avoid the middle of the day in the summer months as the UV tends to be at its highest levels then. You can go outside safely by wearing UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, a broad-brim sun hat and a sunscreen with SPF 30.