There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma.
When detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable. However, if left untreated, skin cancer can spread and become life threatening. This is one of the main reasons why getting to know your skin and regular skin checks are essential.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common cancer in the world. It accounts for around 70% of non-melanoma skin cancers. It usually begins in the lower layer of the skin (epidermis). It can appear anywhere on the body but usually develops on areas which have received high intermittent sun exposure. BCCs should not be left untreated. Very few people die from BCC.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common skin cancer. It accounts for about 30% of non-melanoma skin cancers. It usually begins in the upper layer of the epidermis and also tends to arise on areas which have received significant amounts of sun exposure, such as the face, ears, neck, shoulders and back. This type of skin cancer is more dangerous than basal cell carcinoma because it has the ability to spread to other parts of the body. SCC generally grows quickly over months and sometimes weeks.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It can spread very quickly. Once it has penetrated below the surface of the skin it can become life threatening. If detected early, the survival rate is high. This largely dependent on the thickness (depth) of melanoma. If a person has a melanoma of less than 0.75mm thick can expect to have 95% cure rate. If left untreated and larger than 4mm thick, the cure rate is less than 55%. So early detection is key.
Minimise direct sun exposure and avoid sunburn. Wear UPF50+ sun protective clothing and sunscreen with an SPF50+ on areas not covered by your sun protective clothing. You can find more about our UPF50+ range on our website www.usa.solbari.com. You can view our UPF50+ range for women by clicking here and UPF50+ range for men by clicking here. We also encourage you to wear a UPF50+ sun hat and sunglasses. Do no use solarium or tanning salons.
You can view our range of UPF50+ sun protective products for women here and men here.
Enjoy the great outdoors, keep your skin safe and check it regularly. If you notice a spot or mole which doesn't look right or bleed and doesn't heal, make sure to visit your dermatologists or skin doctor.
Below are 7 areas which people often forget to protect from the sun and can cause serious sunburn and skin damage...
1. Ears: Have you ever had blistering, peeling ears? Well, it's pretty painful and not a good look. Don't forget to apply sunscreen on your ears, the upper area and behind them.
2. Eyelids: It's a very delicate area, where the skin is sensitive and thin. Category 3 sunglasses will help protect the eyes as well as a wide brim sun hat.
Click here to read more...
There's one vital organ which is among the most important and remains quite neglected by many. In fact, it’s our largest organ: it weighs 3.6 kilograms and there are 2 square meters of it. We wear it 24 hours a day.
It’s our skin; a critical organ that performs a vast and varied set of crucial functions for our body.
Many of us are concerned with not only our general health but also the health of our skin. Good nutrition can help us maintain an attractive complexion, as well as look and feel healthy.
We have compiled a list of foods, nutrients and vitamins which can contribute to your skin looking healthier.