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Top Tips for Sun Protection by UK’s Leading Dermatologist

Top Tips for Sun Protection by UK’s Leading Skin Cancer Dermatologist

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Author: Dr S C Mayou, BSc FRCP

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, resulting in 2,500 fatalities each year. The diagnosis of skin cancer is predicted to rise at an alarming rate over the next decade.

The diagnosis of skin cancer is predicted to rise at an alarming rate over the next decade. With an ageing population combined with holidays abroad and a trend for tanning, it is imperative that people are educated about the risk of skin cancer in order to safeguard against it and identify suspicious changes in any skin lesions.

The Cadogan Clinic, London's most comprehensive centre for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer has a team of industry-leading experts that are highly skilled in skin cancer detection and treatment.

Dr Susan Mayou, lead Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic is a leading authority on mole monitoring and skin cancer. With over 30 years of unrivalled expertise in dermatology, Dr Mayou has driven many sun awareness campaigns and lectured extensively on skin cancer detection.

Dr Mayou shares her top tips for being skin safe in the sun:

  • Sunscreen- Apply sunscreen which is at least SPF30+. People with pale skin and children should use a SPF50 to ensure ultimate protection. Apply liberally every 4 hours (less is definitely not more!) and reapply after swimming.
  • Replace your sunscreen regularly - The active ingredients in sunscreen can deteriorate over time and the product can lose its efficacy, so it is advised that expiry dates be adhered to, or better still, purchase new sunscreen every year.
  • Wear protective clothing including hat, sunglasses and t-shirts to ensure the best possible protection from the sun.
  • Stay out of the sun when the sun is strong, usually between 11am-4pm.
  • Never let your skin burn- If your skin has turned pink or red in the sun, it has burned. Getting sunburnt just once every two years can triple your chances of developing skin cancer, according to Cancer Research UK, so take extra care to cover up with sunscreen and clothing.
  • Never use sun beds – sufficient evidence has shown the harmful UV rays from sunbeds can cause malignant melanoma. The combination of the UVA and UVB light of sunbeds is often much stronger than natural light and much more dangerous to the skin.
  • Check your moles regularly - Consumers should be vigilant with having moles checked annually or as advised by your dermatologist if you have a history of previously abnormal moles or skin cancer. An early diagnosis is crucial in managing this potentially life-threatening disease and skin cancer which is detected and removed early is almost always curable. Just the tiniest of change in a mole is a sign to visit your dermatologist for a Mole Check.

Mole Check Package

The Cadogan Clinic offers a revolutionary Mole Package service which includes a mole and lesion check, removal and histology and is the only service in the UK that is dermatology Consultant led providing rapid histology results and advice.

With a team of industry-leading consultants using the most cutting-edge techniques at the state-of-the-art facility, Cadogan Clinic's Mole Check is the only service of its kind to be approved by the British Skin Foundation.

About Skin Cancer

• Skin cancer can be a life-threatening disease and should not be taken lightly. In order to catch any potential signs of cancer in its early stages, regular mole and skin cancer screening is imperative.

• There are three main types of skin cancer — melanoma (the most serious), squamous cell
carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.

• Early diagnosis is crucial in all types of skin cancer: A person with a melanoma of less than 0.75mm thick can expect to have a 95% cure rate.

• People with a higher risk of developing melanoma usually have one or more of the following
factors: a history of childhood sunburn, prolonged exposure to UV rays, fair skin, outdoor-related work and hobbies, multiple atypical moles, a previous history of skin cancer or melanoma, a family history of skin cancer or melanoma or a history of immunosuppression.