So Summer is over. Adverts all about sun cream and SPF this and SPF that are all gone from our screens. Does this mean we need to stop caring about our skin in the winter sun?
Just become the Sun has disappeared or it doesn’t feel as strong, doesn’t mean we need to stop caring!
Have you got a mole that’s got bigger recently? Has it started to itch or change shape?
YES? Get it checked out!
Decided to take to the Sun beds, once a week? Maybe twice or three times a week??
Carry on reading..
*If you answered NO to the bottom two questions, please keep reading! If you know what to look out for in terms of skin safety and health it could save your life!*
Here are a few statistics on Melanoma:
Melanoma accounts for 1% of all skin cancer cases, but is the majority of skin cancer deaths. It often occurs most often on the skin but it can develop in the eye of lining of the nose, mouth or genitals.
- People under 45 account for 25% of all melanoma cases.
- Melanoma is the third most common cancer among women aged 20-39 years and the second most common cancer in men aged 20-39 years.1
- Treatments are available for all people with melanoma.
- Melanoma can quickly spread to other parts of the body, so it is important to detect and treat melanoma in its earliest stages.
- When melanoma is detected and treated in its early stages, the chances for long-term, disease-free survival are excellent.
- For localised melanoma (84% of all cases), the 5-year survival rate is approximately 97%.2
(Information from Aim Melanoma https://www.aimatmelanoma.org/melanoma-risk-factors/ 18/10/2016)
Risk Factors to Melanoma:
Moles – Moles are a huge risk to melanoma. Dark brown spots on the skin usually but can range from different shades from light to dark.
Skin type – We are so different as a human race. Fairer skin types are more at risk then darker skin types due to melanin that is produced in darker skin types that protects them from the Sun’s radiation.
UV Exposure – UV rays that we cannot see that come from the Sun or tanning beds.
Personal or family history – Your risk of getting melanoma is increased if a member of your family has had it previously. 10% of people with melanoma have a family history of it.
Please don’t be scared if your family member has had it, if a mole is itching or if you like being in the Sun. This blog is here to tell you how to protect yourself from it and how to detect it early.
My plan is to talk about each of these rick factors in detail, to make you aware of what is needed to care for your skin and decrease your risk of getting melanoma.
Until next time…
If you would like to know any more information on what I have mentioned above please visit: https://www.aimatmelanoma.org/ . You’ll find out all the information you need and more!!