Be smart and stay safe as the sum­mer siz­zles

Irish Sunday Mirror - - YOUR HEALTH -

There are around 14,600 new cases of melanoma skin can­cer di­ag­nosed in the UK each year. The risk in­creases with age and the more sun­burn you have had. But how­ever old you are, if you no­tice any­thing un­usual on your skin, whether it is a mole or other patch of skin that’s changed, you should see your doc­tor. Treatment op­tions will vary but if you catch it at an early stage, it can usu­ally be suc­cess­fully re­moved with a small op­er­a­tion. For sun pro­tec­tion that works best, use floppy hats, sun­glasses and sleeved tops to cover up. No sun­screen is 100 per cent ef­fec­tive and so make it your last line of de­fence. Go for a prod­uct that of­fers at least SPF 15 and four or more stars. For more in­for­ma­tion on avoid­ing sun dam­age from Can­cer Re­search UK, you can visit cruk.org/owny­our­tone.

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