Early detection saves lives – those who wait and see if things get worse before seeking medical attention are putting their lives at risk. More than two people die of skin cancer every hour. This alarming statistic was presented by The Skin Cancer Foundation who are running The Big See campaign. When looking for signs of skin cancer, pay attention to any mole or blemish that is new, changing or unusual.
This includes the palms and soles of the feet, between the fingers and under the fingernails.
“Women should lift breasts to view the undersides,” the charity added, stating that people require:
- A bright light
- A full-length mirror
- A hand mirror
Why do you need a blow-dryer?
A blow-dryer and mirror can help you inspect your scalp, section by section.
It’ll help if you can get somebody you’re living with, or someone in your social bubble, to help you look at your scalp with you.
Am I at risk of skin cancer?
More than five sunburns during a lifetime doubles the risk of skin cancer – especially if it happened in childhood.
Cancer Research UK listed various risk factors for developing skin cancer.
For instance, sun exposure is one of the main causes of skin cancer as the ultraviolet (UV) light damages the DNA in the skin cells.
Having a history of sunburn, using sun beds, and having fair skin increases your risk.
Certain skin conditions can also heighten a person’s risk of developing skin cancer, such as:
- Solar keratosis
- Xeroderma pigmentosum
Psoriasis treatment, specifically psoralen ultraviolet light treatment (PUVA), also increases the likelihood of developing skin cancer.
Furthermore, ultraviolet light treatment for eczema can also put you at risk, as can using a drug called methoxsalen.
“People who have already had a skin cancer have a greater risk of getting another one compared to someone who hasn’t had one,” said Cancer Research UK.
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