Most of us love to feel the sun on our skin – and we can tend to go a bit crazy when the sun finally graces our shores. While we may remember to slap on the sunscreen when the sun is blazing, many people don’t realise that it should be worn 365 days a year. Skin cancer is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, so even on a cloudy day we need to protect our skin from UV radiation.
The use of a daily broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30+ has been clinically proven to prevent skin cancer and premature ageing of the skin. Anything with a SPF of less than 15 is useless, as these moisturisers will not protect from UVA rays, which can penetrate through 4 inches of glass.
At Elan Medical Skin Clinics in London and Rayleigh, Essex our resident skin expert and medical director, Sue Ibrahim, has used her 30 years’ experience as a nurse consultant in dermatology to develop a range of highly effective skin care products. Our fragrance free, oil free, preservative free, DermaProtect Day Cream is a daily moisturiser that contains a broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30.
Know the facts about skin cancers
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in UK. The two most common types of skin cancer – basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas – are highly curable, but can be disfiguring. Melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous and causes the most deaths. Around 2,100 people died in the UK in 2012 from malignant melanoma, that’s around 6 people every day, according to Cancer Research UK.
Are you at greater risk?
People with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop skin cancer. Risk factors vary for different types of skin cancer, but some general risk factors are having:
- A lighter, natural skin colour
- Family history of skin cancer
- A personal history of skin cancer
- Exposure to the sun through work and play
- A history of sunburn, especially early in life
- A history of indoor tanning
- Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily or becomes painful in the sun
- Blue or green eyes
- Blond or red hair
- Certain types and a large number of moles
Take a mole selfie
The importance of checking your own moles should not be underestimated and you can do this by taking a mole selfie. This allows you to check whether your moles have changed shape, become red or inflamed, or have started to itch and, if you take a mole selfie regularly, you can check for any changes more easily. The most common site for men to develop a malignant melanoma is on the chest or back: for women it is on the legs.
At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we use the latest technology to examine moles and other unwanted skin lesions. We are able to remove moles and send them off for histology, if necessary. We will also remove skin lesions that are cosmetically unwanted too.
Our award-winning nurse consultant, Sue Ibrahim has honed her skills over the last 30 years to achieve incredible results when removing moles and cysts. Moles, cysts, warts, fibromas and large skin tags can be removed quickly and painlessly at one of our daily minor surgery clinics in Rayleigh, Essex and at our clinic in Whitecross Street, central London. Once your skin has healed, you will barely be able to tell where the skin lesion once was. Just read some of our reviews to hear how this treatment has changed people’s lives.