Looking forward to a healthy tan? Think again.
It's time to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
As winter draws to a close, most of us are looking forward to the warmer days and sunny skies that come with summer. Some will be looking forward to working on a summer tan and that “healthy” summer glow – there are a few things worth considering before hitting the beach.
Many of us have grown up in an era where summer was characterised by scorching days at the beach followed by that prickly burn, cold shivers in the evening, generous application of aloe vera and the inevitable peeling of skin. We also lived for the notion that a tan was healthy, and even that a “base tan” gave us protection from the sun. Recent studies have disproved these notions and have even shown that even those with darker skin can be at risk.
These days most of us are much better behaved and avoid the sun during the hottest parts of the day. When we do venture out we are much more disciplined with the slip, slop, slap and wrap routine. Unfortunately, because of our behaviour all those years ago, we are already at higher risk of skin cancer. In fact, just two significant sun burns before the age of 18 can double your risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer!
So is it too late for me?
Melanoma skin cancer is linked to a number of factors including personal genetics, skin type and family history but the primary cause is known to be UV damage caused by the sun. This UV damage is more accurately, your lifetime accumulation of UV damage. Because of this, improved sun protection habits when you are in your 30’s and 40’s don’t remove the risk of skin cancer as the damage has already been done in your youth. At this stage in life, sun protection is important, but equally so is early detection of anything abnormal through regular skin checks by your doctor, dermatologist or specialist service providers such as MoleMap by Dermatologists.
MoleMap can give peace of mind through a comprehensive melanoma surveillance programme that monitors all your lesions (moles) and skin on a regular basis, and giving you a specialist dermatologist diagnosis of anything suspicious. MoleMap specialise in the early detection of melanoma allowing simple treatment by excision by your doctor or dermatologist (usually a 15 minute procedure under local anaesthetic). If caught too late, melanoma is a very difficult and invasive cancer to treat – early detection is the key.
Safe guard youself and your family through a thorough skin surveillance programme!
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