Skin Cancer Awareness Month.Christiaan
Skin Cancer Awareness Month:
South Africa has the 2nd highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia, and in particular one of the highest incidences of melanoma worldwide, as far as Caucasians are concerned.
At least 20 000 South Africans are diagnosed annually with non-melanoma skin cancers, and an approximately 1 500 are diagnosed with melanoma.
It is important to take note of the fact that everyone, regardless of racial or ethnic group, is at risk of getting skin cancer. Although people with darker skins are less susceptible, because their skin contains more natural melanin, that protects against sun damage, everyone is at risk from the harsh African sun.
How to Lower your Skin Cancer Risk:
- Do a Monthly “Spot the Spot” Check Up
- Get Screened at Your Local CANSA Care Centre
– Go to your local CANSA Care Centre for screening with our FotoFinder Dermoscope machine – be sure to make an appointment as the machines ‘roam’ between Care Centres.
– If you are concerned re symptoms, please do not wait – contact your Care Centre, doctor or dermatologist immediately.
– Monitor the harmful UV-rays you are exposed to with a CANSA UV-Smart Armband that turns darker in colour as the UV-rays intensify. Each shade of colour gives protection recommendations you can follow in order to avoid sunburn.
- Avoid the Following
– Stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm – stay under the shade of trees or an umbrella as much as possible
– Avoid sunbeds & sunlamps
Tips: Sunscreen & Protective Garments
- Use an Effective Sunscreen.
- Apply Sunscreen Correctly.
- Wear Protective Clothing.