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Skin Cancer Rates on the Rise

23rd April 2014

It has been reported this week that skin cancer in Great Britain is now five times high than it was the 1970s.

New Cancer Research UK statistics show that more than 13,000 people develop malignant melanoma each year, compared to around 1,800 in the 1970s.

They go on to say that this is due to the rising popularity of package holidays, and sunbeds - especially amongst younger people. Malignant melanoma is now the fifth most common cancer - around 17 people in every 100,000 are diagnosed with the disease in the UK every year.

This is why sk:n is keen to encourage anyone who is concerned about their skin or who has spent long periods outdoors or on holiday exposed to the harmful rays of the sun, to visit their local sk:n clinic and book in for a free skin assessment or a mole check to help put their mind at rest about their skin health.

The scanning assessment consists of an in-depth chat with one of sk:n's experts to ascertain skin type and skin care habits as well as a thorough assessment under a UV lamp to show existing sun damage and identify any other problem areas or changes to the skin. The mole check is carried out by one of sk:n's dermatologists and examines the size, shape and colour of the mole.

During the consultation, sk:n's experts will offer advice on treatments and products available to help improve the skin's condition and protect it from future damage. Those clients who show more concerning signs of sun damage or abnormalities are immediately referred to their local GP for further investigation.

Dr Askari says "SPF or sun protection factor is the number given to the multiples of time you can safely spend in the sun. So an SPF 15 means that you can stay in the sun 15 times longer without burning than you could without protection. BUT and it's a big but, this is dependent on your complexion and it only applies to UVB not damaging UVA radiation. UVA causes cell damage even on cloudy days and good products are given a UVA rating of between 1 and 5 stars, with 5 offering the best protection. At sk:n we recommend using an SPF 30 with a good UVA rating."

"Fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin can all be caused by sun damage because the UV light erodes the elastin and collagen in our skin. Freckles, broken veins and a weakened ability to heal plus the very real threat of skin cancer are all part of sun damage."

"Early sun damage may only be visible under a special light. There are a range of treatments to help reduce the appearance of sun damage such as microdermabrasion, skin peels and lasers. All of these procedures help to stimulate new collagen and elastin production and some will help pigmentation problems such as sun spots."

"Suspicious moles should always be seen by a GP or dermatologist and you should never delay"

To book in for a consultation please visit https://www.sknclinics.co.uk/
0121 567 8111