Skin Cancer - Fastest Growing Cancer in Ireland
Be careful!! Most recent research has proven that skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer in Ireland.
Are you at risk?
Anyone can have a melanoma. The risk of melanoma increases if you present with one or more of the following conditions:
- Fair skin, hair and eyes, sun burn easily.
- Severe sun burn at a young age, during child hood or teenage years.
- Numerous freckles.
- Frequent UVA rays sun beds in beauty salons.
- More than fifty moles (nevi).
- Personal or genetic history of melanoma.
- Moles varying in size, shape and colour.
What should alarm you?
- Appearance of a new brown spot that evolves rapidly, different from the rest of your moles.
- "Fake" freckle: it has the colour of a freckle, same shape but its aspect is slightly raised. It must be checked like a mole.
- Modification of a mole, which can be checked with the ABC rule: Aspect, Border, Colour.
- Its aspect: global increase of its size or appearance of bleeding of a mole without trauma.
- Its borders: irregular borders, asymmetric form.
- Its colour: appearance of a darker or lighter brown colour.
If you have any doubts, please do not hesitate to consult your dermatologist.
Even when you are protected, too much sun is dangerous.
Observe the dermatologist's recommendations on behaviour in the sun.
- Do not expose children under 3 to the sun. After the age of 3, protect them with a suitable sunscreen product, a hat, a T-shirt and sunglasses.
- If you are pregnant, avoid the sun in order to prevent pregnancy mask.
- Apply sunscreen generously and re-apply frequently. The application of a sun care product must not lead to longer exposure.
- Remember that clouds do not block ultraviolet radiation.
- Consult your dermatologist in case of sunburn, blistering and irregular beauty spots.
- Keep in mind that certain medicines may cause reactions to the sun!
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