I've just had an anxious wait for test results for skin cancer. Luckily, having had some moles removed, I'm in the clear. The number of people diagnosed with skin cancer is rising, so I would just like to remind everyone of the advice given by the Sunsmart campaign run by Cancer Research UK. With the holiday season approaching, many people will be going away to sunny countries, and hopefully the sun will shine in this country too, so this is a reminder:
S pend time in the shade between 11 and 3
M ake sure you never burn
A im to cover up with a t-shirt and hat.
R emember to take extra care with children
T hen use a sunscreen (sun cream) with an SPF factor of 15 or higher (The NHS recommends a factor SPF 30 plus for young children, and wear t-shirts & hats.)
Also report mole changes or unusual skin growths promptly to your doctor. People most at risk are those with fair skins, lots of moles or freckles or a family history of skin cancer.
Because I acted promptly, I now don't need any further treatment, so it's important to get checked if you notice any changes or have any concerns about your skin.
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