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If skin cancer and melanoma is so serious why do so many people expose their skin to the sun?

If skin cancer and melanoma is so serious why do so many people expose their skin to the sun?

This blog explores the reasons why despite the alarming increase in skin cancer rates the general public continue to expose their skin to the sun without protection. Reasons put forward include low levels of awareness of skin cancer, popular culture trends, the fact that we are living longer, spending more time outdoors, and concerns about Vitamin D.
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Dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing 

Dermatologists recommend sun protective clothing 

This blog highlights that the primary cause of skin cancer is the cumulative exposure to the sun. Sun protective clothing with a high UPF rating provides consistent protection from UV radiation. Dermatologists outline in this blog why they prefer sun protection clothing with a UPF 50+ rating.
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Who should I talk to if I am concerned about skin cancer?

Who should I talk to if I am concerned about skin cancer?

This blog explains who you should talk to if you have concerns about skin cancer or melanoma. In the first instance your GP should be able to address your skin concerns. If the mole or skin lesion in question is suspicious or needs more specialist attention you are likely to be referred to a dermatologist.
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Skin Health Series: Pam's Story

Skin Health Series: Pam's Story

I suffer from sun poisoning. I've also heard it called solar urticaria. I've had this since I was 10 years old. When I go in the sun I break out in painful hives, have headaches and feel nauseous and generally unwell. When this condition first appeared, the doctors did not know what it was or how to effectively treat it.
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Skin Health Series: Philomena's Story

Skin Health Series: Philomena's Story

Having vitiligo means my skin is seriously sensitive to the sun, making my daily life very difficult to enjoy. I have to wear a high SPF 50+ sun protection cream all year round, but no matter what sun protection I use, my skin will burn after 5 minutes in the sun.

Vitiligo is very hard to live with and it has stopped me from enjoying everyday life. I used to love the outdoors: walking, gardening, walking the dog and going to the beach.

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Skin Health Series: Anthea's Story

Skin Health Series: Anthea's Story

I have melanoma stage 3c, caused by sunbed use.

I have no idea how long I have to live, as it's extremely sneaky and aggressive. The area of skin that my radiotherapy treatment was targeted at is now extremely sensitive to perfumes and new creams/lotions, and I have been diagnosed with Jessner lymphocytic infiltrate. When my skin reacts, it's extremely itchy with red scaly patches.

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Skin Health Series: Veronica's Story

Skin Health Series: Veronica's Story

I have an autoimmune skin condition called vitiligo. It began when I was in my late teens, in small stages at first, around eyes, mouth, and joints. It was very damaging psychologically, as my skin, which was olive in tone, began to show pure white patches. It was quite dramatic, very frightening, and often these patches appeared overnight. 

This condition affects my day-to-day living in that my skin will burn with just a few minutes of sunlight. I could wear sunblock, but do not appreciate the way it feels, and it doesn’t always work well.

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Skin Health Series: Nina's Story

Skin Health Series: Nina's Story

I have systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE for short. UV rays trigger an autoimmune response that can affect a huge variety of things, to include vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, lungs and brain, as well as skin.

Externally you see a rash, known as a “butterfly” rash due to its shape, but the more dangerous issue from these flare-ups is internal organ damage caused by my body’s immune system thinking my own body is the enemy and attacking it.

To help prevent flare-ups I have to take a variety of steps daily, and one of the most challenging things has been figuring out how to reduce UV exposure as much as humanly possible. It's harder than you think, too.

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