Rates of skin cancer are now over 4 times higher than they were in the early 1970s.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Although it can occur in anyone, they are much more common in fair-skinned individuals.
There are approximately 13500 cases of melanoma diagnosed in the UK each year, making it the fifth most common cancer among males (7th among females). Under 50 years of age, it is the second most common cancer, though the incidence rises with age.
UV radiation, including sun exposure and sunbeds, is the biggest risk factor for melanoma.
Having had a sunburn during the early years is strongly associated with it.
In sunny climates, those with fair skin or those who have lived in those climates are at greater risk.
Sun protection is a major priority for Australia, which has promoted the slogan “Slip, slop, slap!” for many years. Wearing a shirt, slapping on sunscreen, and wearing a hat are all part of this public health program.
Would it be a good idea to follow their example?
If melanoma is diagnosed and treated earlier, the survival rate is much higher.
Think of moles as ABCDE:
- Evolution or enlargement
Additionally, the ugly duckling sign should be considered because moles in the same individual often resemble each other, while melanomas deviate from this pattern.
You should consult your doctor if you are uncertain about any mole, either new or existing. You can have them check it out for you and if there are any concerns, they can refer you to a dermatologist.
Price for mole check £50