Be Sun Smart This Summer
NHS reminds residents of the dangers of too much sun exposure
“Everyone wants to make the most of the warm weather but it’s important to enjoy the sun safely” says Houda Al-Sharifi, Director of Public Health at NHS Wandsworth.
“Cases of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are sadly increasing with people in their 60s and 70s now over five times more likely to be affected than their parents. But malignant melanoma is largely preventable and whether you’re at the beach, enjoying a BBQ, picnic, or even doing a spot of gardening, there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself.”
Early detection of skin cancer is crucial and people are advised to keep a close eye on their skin reporting any changes in the size, shape and colour of a mole or other patch of their skin to a doctor without delay.
Follow The British Association of Dermatologist easy ABCD guide to checking moles:
If anyone is still worried or unsure about changes to their skin, please see a doctor immediately.
May 24, 2010