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 was 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.
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The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult your medical professional.
Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing some stories from the Solbari Community to help raise awareness about skin cancer, melanoma and sun protection.
If you are interested in sharing your story, please answer the following questions from the relevant questionnaire and send us a picture of yourself being sun safe in the outdoors.
I grew up thinking pale was beautiful till I started university in the mid 70s. Then I took a U turn and decided a tanned look would make me look more attractive. I went all out achieving a tanned look, lying out in the sun during the summer holidays, after my summer job hours and all weekends. That went on for many years.