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  • Check your skin regularly

    Posted: 30.07.2015 | Author: C Boal

    Check your skin regularly

    Skin Cancer can grow from a freckle, mole or on a normal area of skin.

    The important changes to look for are;

    Size; Larger than 6mm (growing or shrinking)

    Shape; Ragged or irregular outline

    Colour; Changing colour

    Use mirrors or ask a friend to look at your back and front and don’t forget the soles of feet, between your toes, your scalp, neck and nails.

    Melanoma Skin Cancer is strongly linked to episodes of sunburn.

    Use sun protection:

    Cover up with a hat and shirt, Use high SPF 15+ sunscreen with 4 or 5 star rating and spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.

    Take extra care if you have pale skin that burns easily or if you have lots of moles or freckles or if your family has a history of melanoma.

    Further information can be found at www.careinthesun.org or www.cancerfocusni.org

    Cancer Focus Helpline Northern Ireland: 0800 783 3339




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