Your Skin and the Sun – Why it’s Important to Know the Facts

With Breast Cancer Awareness month kicking off talks about increasing awareness in order to help raise funds to aid cancer research into treatment, prevention and care, I thought it would be extremely useful to look at the symptoms of skin cancer more closely.

You may be surprised to hear that skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer within the UK. In fact, even now 100,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.  I hope this post gives you a better understanding of how to detect skin cancer, as well as giving you useful information on reducing your risk of skin cancer.

One of the first things you should know is that there is actually a number of different types of skin cancer.  The most common is Basal Cell Carcinoma or BCC.  This type of skin cancer accounts for up to 80% of all skin cancer.  BCC is typically slow growing, and, with a low risk of metastasis, has a high rate of recovery.

Skin Cancer at a Glance

Here are some of the most important facts to remember about skin cancer:

  • Anyone is susceptible to skin cancer, but some things have been proven to put you at higher risk.
  • The most common signs of skin cancer to look out for are changes to your skin, including a new growth or sore that does not seem to be healing. This can also include changes to any moles on your body.
  • Shockingly, if you opt to go out in the sun without sunscreen, your skin can be damaged in as little as 15 minutes by the sun’s harsh UV rays.

If you do notice any changes, one of the most important things to remember is not to panic.  If you do notice any changes, make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.  If you do require further consultation or treatment you will be referred to a hospital.  Alternatively, to ensure peace of mind quickly you can consult a private oncology specialist like The Loc.

It’s vital to regularly monitor changes in your body.  Being cancer aware can often make all the different as early diagnosis of skin cancer can often save your life.

Top Sun Safety Tips

Here are some top tips to stay safe in the sun:

  • It’s important to plan your sun protection.
  • Wear clothes that cover your legs and arms.
  • Use a sunscreen that has SPF 15 or higher.
  • Make sure your sunscreen protects against both UVB and UVA rays.
  • Reapply sunscreen regularly throughout the day.

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