It is very difficult to the untrained eye to identify melanomas and skin cancers because they can come in many different shapes and sizes.
As Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. says, "the earlier a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the chance of avoiding surgery, or in the case of a serious melanoma or skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death."
The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. and Cancer Council Australia, recommend you develop a regular habit of checking your skin for new spots and changes to existing moles or freckles.
It is recommended to do those checks once a month, in a well lit room with a full length mirror and a hand held mirror for areas which are hard to see.
The ABCDE methods were created to help you define what to look out for.
If ever in doubt about how one of your moles, spots or freckles have changed or currently look, speak to your GP or dermatologist as soon as possible.
Many people don't realise that not all fabrics block UV rays to the same level. Regular clothes such as a white cotton t-shirt or hat may only provide a UPF 5 rating, which allows 20% of UV radiation to reach the skin. A UPF of 5 is equivalent to wearing SPF 5 sunscreen.
Sun protective clothing, sun hats and sun glasses are recommended to provide your skin with adequate protection against the sun.
Solbari Sun Protection offers an award-winning range of UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, broad brim sun hats, UV arm sleeves and sun block umbrellas. A UPF50+ is the highest available sun protective rating in the world, blocking at least 98% of UV rays.
You can find out more about Solbari's certified UPF50+ sun protective range by clicking the blue links below:
The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional.
We understand that getting an appointment with a dermatologist or skin doctor can be challenging and expensive.
We decided it would be great to bring the best early skin cancer detection technology direct to the Solbari global community.
The introduction of “lockdowns”, the restriction of movement and non-essential healthcare activities being suspended have had an impact on the diagnosis of cancer cases including skin cancer.
Countries around the World are now evaluating the unintended consequences of Covid-19 restrictions on the diagnosis of cancer. Sadly, cancer related death rates are expected to increase over the coming years due to the delay in diagnosis.
In this blog we highlight 7 areas which people often forget to protect and can cause serious sunburns and skin damage...
1. Ears: Have you ever had blistering, peeling ears? Well, it's pretty painful and not a good look. Don't forget to apply sunscreen on your ears, the upper area and behind them.
2. Eyelids: It's a very delicate area, where the skin is sensitive and thin. Category 3 sunglasses will help protect the eyes as well as a wide brim sun hat.
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