Many of you have heard about melanoma. A number of you have been affected by the disease.
Melanoma is the most common cancer diagnosed among Australian adolescents and young adults. In the United States, it is the most common form of cancer for young adults ages 25 to 29 and the second most common cancer for people 15 to 29 (Source: American Academy of Dermatology).
Individuals with more pigment in their skin have a lower risk of skin cancer because they have more protection from the sun, but that doesn’t give them a free pass to skip sunscreen or sun protective clothing.
Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. At only 1 millimetre deep, it can penetrate the blood stream and metastise to the lungs, brain and other organs.
Most melanoma symptoms include a change in the:
A - Asymmetry (one half is unlike the other half)
B - Border (an irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border)
C - Color (is varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, black or brown; is sometimes white, red or blue).
D - Diameter (melanomas can be as small as a pin head but usually greater than 6mm when diagnosed)
E - Evolving (a mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color)
It is recommended to visit your GP or dermatologist if you notice any of these changes.
Melanomas can also look like a bruise that doesn’t heal or a dark streak under a fingernail or toenail.
Melanoma can also appear in your eyes.
It’s the deadliest form of skin cancer … but if caught early, the survival rate is very high.
At SOLBARI we encourage our friends, family and clients to check their skin every month and to get to know their skin.
Make the most of the outdoors and have fun but remember to wear sunscreen (reapplying every 2 hours) and sun protective clothing with a UPF50+, which protects your skin and blocks more than 98% of UVA and UVB rays.
Dermatologists and medical doctors recommend SOLBARI sun protective products as a great way to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays and maintaining a healthy skin.
Thanks for reading
The SOLBARI Team
This blog post is for information purpose only.
At SOLBARI, we believe that PREVENTION IS THE BEST CURE. According to medical experts, this is particularly true when it comes to skin cancer and melanoma.
Sun exposure has been identified as the cause of 95% to 99% of skin cancers in Australia.
Now, don't get us wrong. We are not suggesting you live in a cave or indoors when the sun is out, but rather than you use intelligent sun protective measures to help keep your skin safe when outdoors in the sun.
We are delighted to announce that SOLBARI won last night a Healthy Skin Award presented by The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. We thank The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. for their ongoing support of SOLBARI and Ego Pharmaceuticals for sponsoring the Award. The Healthy Skin Awards are presented by The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. to individuals and organisations "who strive for excellence through the effective provision of skin health services and the promotion of skin health."