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Skin cancer can be seen. Catch it early, and it can be treated.
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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 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.
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.
Skin cancer can affect anybody at any age. It is most common in people over 50, or people who have had prolonged exposure to the sun.
You are at higher risk if you:
Whether you’re in a high-risk group or not, there are simple things you can do now to protect you and your family from skin cancer.
By protecting your skin, checking yourself regularly and knowing the signs, you can stop any suspicious skin lesions before they become something more serious.
Check your skin once a month for any changes or suspicious-looking spots.
Your check should cover your whole body, front and back, with particular emphasis on areas exposed to the sun.
Stand in front of a full-length mirror with a hand mirror for those hard-to-reach places.
1. Look at your face, including your nose, lips, mouth and on and behind your ears.
2. Check your scalp, using a comb to part your hair. If you do not have much hair, check your entire scalp very thoroughly.
3. Check the front and back of your hands and in between your fingers.
4. Then focus on your neck, chest and upper body. Women, be sure to check between and underneath your breasts.
5. Bend your elbow to check your upper arm and armpits.
6. Use your hand mirror to check the back of your neck and your back, top and bottom.
7. Check your buttocks and the back of your legs. Finish by checking the soles of your feet and in between your toes.