Spending time outdoors is so important for our health and mental wellbeing. Whilst some of us are unable to spend time outdoors during the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us are in fact spending more time outside, taking exercise, in gardens or on balconies. Did you know that a sunny day in winter or spring can damage your skin just as much as a hot summer’s day? Skin cancer is unfortunately one of the most common forms of cancer in the world. The most common sign of skin cancer is a new mole or a mole that has changed its shape or colour recently. If you think you have any new moles or an existing mole has changed shape or colour – see your doctor or a specialist.
The British Association of Dermatologist raises sun awareness each year during the month of May. This year, they are offering top tips on sun protection during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially since we have had unseasonably warm weather in the UK during the lockdown period. #sunawarenessweek across the social media platforms highlights the importance of looking after your skin in the sun. It is vital to protect your skin with a high factor sunscreen (at least 30) and check your moles regularly for any changes. You should also wear loose clothing and a hat for protection, and avoid sun exposure between 11am and 3pm.
We take moles very seriously here at The ENT Clinic. We have a regular Mole Clinic where you can have your moles, skin tags and other skin lesions checked by a specialist.
During the lockdown period, we are offering video consultations to our private patients (including children) to ensure patient safety and to comply with the government guidelines. If you are worried about a new mole or an existing mole that has changed shape or colour, become itchy or started bleeding, you can send us a couple of high-quality photographs prior to your video consultation. This will enable us to diagnose the problem and offer advice regarding your next step.
Top 5 tips to help prevent skin cancer:
1: Check your moles regularly – self-examination is vital
2: Cover up with loose clothing or hat when out in the sun
3: Stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm if you can
4: Protect your skin by using sunscreen with a UV factor of at least 30. Getting sunburnt just once in 2 years can triple your risk of melanoma
5: Avoid using sunbeds which significantly increase the risk of melanoma
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