Melanoma On The Rise In Most Nations
The awareness of many cancers, including screening and prevention, is on the increase. But some people have a general sense that skin cancer is not quite so serious and somehow less invasive despite the statistics showing otherwise. One in every 8 men and 1 in every 10 women will develop skin cancer and the number of deaths is continuing to increase year after year. While 97 percent of skin cancer is curable if caught on time, so we also need to tackle the growing incidence in Ireland. May is Melanoma Awareness Month, which is designated to encouraging people to be more proactive about skin cancer detection and more importantly, prevention.
Even though melanoma can occur in anyone, Irish people have a skin type that is more susceptible to skin cancer. Most have a skin type 1 or 2, which burns regularly and tans with difficulty, which puts them at greater risk. Ireland, for example, is now the fourth worst country in the whole of Europe for skin cancer instances.
Experts say that excessive sun and binge tanning causes 90 percent of all skin cancer rates, so sunscreen and shade is a must in the welcome summer sunshine. Three-quarters of a person’s lifetime UV exposure occurs during childhood. With up to 90 percent of UV rays passing through light clouds, care is needed not just on a sunny day, but every day.
Sunbed users are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never used sunbeds, but while self tanning cosmetics are now more popular than ever, people who frequently used ultraviolet (UV) tanning in the past are still at a higher risk.
Cheaper sunshine holidays these past few years, are a significant factor in the recent growing rate of skin cancer here. Because a sun-tan is a desirable characteristic to many, Irish people tend to ‘binge tan.’ They cram intensive sun-tanning into a week or a fortnight’s sunshine holiday, very often without adequate attention to skincare protection.
The best advice is to apply SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen, with UVA and UVB protection, liberally and frequently and at least 20 minutes before heading into the sun. It is also necessary to beware that some medications also make skin more sensitive to the sun, so people are advised to check this out in advance with their doctor.
People need to be more aware about checking moles or any skin irregularities or changes and this will contribute greatly to reducing Ireland’s skin cancer rates over time.
While we always support Melanoma Awareness Month, we need to be more aware of the dangers of Melanoma throughout the entire year. Before you head into the sun this summer, why not contact your local Skin Clinic to have your moles checked out. It could save your life.
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