Skin Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of the dangers of unprotected sun exposure and educate the public about the ways to help prevent skin cancer.
This is an annual awareness campaign that takes place every May. UV exposure from the sun is one of the main causes of skin cancer and also one of the most preventable. This campaign hopes to reduce instances of skin cancer and increase the likelihood of early detection.
There are two main types of skin cancer:
Non melanoma skin cancer (which includes basal cell skin cancer, squamous cell skin cancer and other rare types) and melanoma skin cancer.
Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. This may be long term exposure, or short periods of intense sun exposure and burning. There are several factors that affect your risk from sun exposure including:
Sun exposure can also be in the form of sunbeds (artificial UV radiation). People who use sunbeds are also at risk of developing skin cancer.
Age is also a factor. The older you are, the more likely you are to get non melanoma skin cancer.
Here are some skin cancer facts to consider:
Here are some sun tips for you to look after yourself when out and about
Tell your doctor if you notice a change to a mole, freckle or a normal patch of skin.
Doctors use a checklist which explains some of the signs of melanoma to look out for. It's called the ABCDE list. We highly recommend you look at CRUK's list here
We also recommend you watch CRUK’s video on sunburn below and how to look after yourself.