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Skin Check Guide

Patient Charter

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A short film from Euromelanoma about life after skin cancer diagnosis

A short film from Euromelanoma about life after skin cancer diagnosis (with English subtitles)

Preventing skin cancer

Skin cancer is one of the world’s most common cancers. The good news is that it is usually treatable if detected early - and there are things we can do to prevent it.

Always be sunsafe

Avoid unnecessary exposure.

Seek shade where possible, and avoid the summer sun during the middle of the day.

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Wear protective clothing

Include dark colours, long sleeves, a widebrimmed hat and UV-rated sunglasses.

For children, look for clothing with inbuilt sun protection.

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Apply sunscreen

Check that yours has a high protection factor against both UVA and UVB rays. Remember that sunscreen takes effect around half an hour after its application and only lasts for two to three hours.

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Protect children

Children are at the greatest risk of long-term health issues related to unsafe sun exposure.

Outside play is important, but you should never let a child get sunburnt.

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What to look for

 

Regularly examining your skin is important for catching potential signs of skin cancer early. Here are some key indicators to watch out for: 

 

  • New moles: Keep an eye out for the appearance of new moles, particularly in adulthood.  
  • Changes in size, colour, and shape: Any spot on your skin that undergoes changes in size, colour, or shape deserves attention. 
  • The 'Ugly Duckling' sign: If you notice a mole that stands out from the rest, it should be examined by a dermatologist.
  • Asymmetry or uneven borders: Normal moles are mostly symmetrical and have even borders. If you notice irregularities in symmetry or borders, have it checked out.
  • Multicolour: Keep an eye out for spots with multiple colours or shades (black, brown, tan, white, grey, red, pink, or blue).
  • Texture: Pay attention to how skin lesions feel. Rough or scaly lesions (e.g. on the face) may be detectable by touch before they become visible.
  • Non-healing wounds: Wounds or sores that don't seem to heal, or heal very slowly, might be something other than an injury.
  • Bleeding, oozing or itching: Spots that bleed without apparent cause, ooze or itch should be examined. 
  • Pearly appearance: A shiny or pearly appearance can be indicative of skin cancer.

 

If you notice one of these warning signs, it's crucial not to delay. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist or healthcare provider for an examination. Early detection increases the chances of successful treatment.