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Dear healthcare professional,
You see more of your clients’ skin than they see themselves. You are therefore ideally placed to identify potentially dangerous skin spots before they become a problem. So if you see something suspicious, be sure to recommend that your client sees a dermatologist. It could prevent serious health problems and may even save their life.
The leaflet below explains what to look for.
For more information about the different kinds of skin spots, what they mean and how they can be treated, you can also refer them to our main website: www.euromelanoma.org
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People are traveling in your offices, lounges, corridors, health club, shops, waiting rooms?
Your job will take you to see, touch or take care of the skin of your clients? Do not miss out of danger.
Preventing skin cancer
Skin cancer can be seen, and knowing your skin can make the difference. Check yourself regularly and look for changes, because skin cancer can be treated if caught early enough. Always consult your dermatologist in case of doubt.
Always be sunsafe
Avoid unnecessary exposure.
Seek shade where possible, and avoid the summer sun during the middle of the day.
Wear protective clothing
Include dark colours, long sleeves, a widebrimmed hat and UV-rated sunglasses.
For children, look for clothing with inbuilt sun protection.
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.
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.
Everyone has skin spots. They are a perfectly normal part of growing up and growing older.
However, every now and again, they may be a warning of something more dangerous.
So be sure to check your skin regularly for suspicious looking spots. If in doubt, consult your dermatologist.
Check your own skin and that of your loved ones once a month. Be on the lookout for spots that:
Look for the warning signs of skin cancer. Consult your dermatologist if you see two or more.
Because melanoma is particularly serious, you should be familiar with the signs to look for.
The ABCDE of melanoma can help you to detect it early:
A. Is the spot asymmetric?
B. Does it have uneven borders?
C. Does it contain different colours?
D. Is it larger than 6mm in diameter?