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Skin Self-exam

45 days ago

Skin Cancer awareness is a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of unprotected sun exposure and educate people about the ways to prevent skin cancer, in the hope of reducing instances of skin cancer and increasing the likelihood of early detection through education.

One of the main causes of skin cancer is UV exposure from the sun, which is also one of the most preventable. UV rays are an invisible type of radiation that comes from the sun, tanning beds and sun lamps; UV rays can damage your skin cells. Protection from UV rays is important all year, not only the summer. UV rays can reach you in any weather and they reflect off surfaces, you can reduce the risk of developing skin cancer by limiting or avoiding exposure to UV radiation.

It is also important to monitor and check your skin for any changes. Below are some tips to do this:

  1. Check your skin regularly

About once a month, check your skin for moles or marks that may be changing or new.

  1. Examine your skin in a well-lit room

It may be an idea to ask someone to help you or use a full length and handheld mirror to ensure you can see each area.

  1. Notice any changes

Look out for size, shape, new colours, bleeding, pain, crusting, red edges and itching.

  1. Tell your GP immediately

If you have completed a self-exam and notice any of the changes mentioned above, see your GP for further advice. If they are concerned, they will refer you to an NHS skin specialist.

Checking your skin | British Skin Foundation gives a comprehensive guide of checking for any changes.

 

Article submitted by: Health & Wellbeing team

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