1. Be aware that not all clothing provides the same level of sun protection.
Regular summer clothes may have an Ultra Protection Factor rating (UPF) as low as 5.
A UPF of 5 provides little sun protection and lets large amounts of sunlight and UV rays pass through. This can lead to skin damage, premature skin ageing, skin cancer and melanoma.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends sun protective clothing as the best way to protect your skin against the sun's damaging rays. Solbari UPF50+ clothing, sun hats and accessories provide the highest sun protection rating for fabrics and block out 98% of harmful UV rays.
2. Most individuals do not use sufficient sunscreen.
This means that we are not fully protected from the sun. On average, people only use 25%-50% of the recommended amount. The recommended amount is 5ml (approximately 1 tea spoon) for each arm, leg, body front, back and face including the neck and ears. All of this equates to a total of approximately 35ml for a full body application.
3. Melanoma can also appear on areas not directly exposed to the sun.
It does not always appear as a mole. It can appear as a lump that can be confused with a pimple or an insect bite. These are called nodular melanomas. It is important that you go and see your doctor or dermatologist to get it checked out if in doubt.
Dermatologists have developed the following ABCD guide for assessing whether or not a mole or other lesion may be becoming cancerous.
If any of these conditions occur, please make an appointment to see your skin doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible. The doctor may do a biopsy of the mole to determine if it is or isn't cancerous.
4. There are multiple factors which may heighten the likelihood of developing a melanoma
Some of the factors, which can increase the risk are age, fair skin colour, high mole count, previous skin cancers, family history and genetic make-up.
5. UVA rays can penetrate glass windows.
Make sure you protect your skin with sun protective clothing or sunscreen if you sit behind a window and close the blind if possible in peak hours of sunlight (10am-4pm).
6. Early detection saves lives.
Regular skin checks with a skin doctor or dermatologist increase your chances of catching the development of skin cancer or melanoma at its earliest stage. Ideally you are able to keep a digital record of your skin so that you can monitor any changes in your moles visit after visit and your skin lesions.
Thanks for reading!
The SOLBARI Team
This blog post in for information purpose only. Please consult your medical specialist.
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You can see sunlight and feel the sun's heat. However, you cannot see or feel ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
It’s a common misconception that sun damage only occurs in hot climates, as many people associate damage with the visible signs of sun exposure, i.e sunburn.
You may be surprised to learn that the sun’s UVA and UVB rays actually have different, yet equally harmful, effects on the skin. They also have the potential to cause damage in the winter, as well as in the summer.
Getting to know your skin is probably the single most important thing you can do to help detect skin cancer symptoms. Check your moles regularly and keep a record of things popping up or growing on your skin.
If you notice any signs consistent with the list highlighted below that concern you or persist for two weeks, visit your doctor. There's a good chance that it's nothing - but why put it off? Early detection saves lives.