The June issue of Marie Claire is full of ‘summer fever’ ready for the warm weather and holiday season.
The mag includes a feature called ‘How to do safe sun’, looking at the more serious sun exposure issues as skin cancer rates in the UK continue to rise. Melanoma is now the 5th most common type of cancer in the UK with rates soaring over the last 20 years. So although sun-starved Brits are desperate to feel a bit of sun, there is an important safety message.
Dr Ross Perry was invited to give his expert opinion on worrying moles. Dr Perry is an experienced doctor and founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics who also works in the NHS, specialising in skin cancer reconstruction. He has removed thousands of moles in his career.
He explains that skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body or face:
“For men, the most common place is the back; for women it’s the legs.”
However, it is possible to get skin cancer in places that have never seen the sun, so it’s important to check the whole body, top to toe, for worrying signs.
Sun exposure increases the risk of melanoma and those with fair skin are known to be more at risk. However, again, Dr Ross Perry explains that these are not hard and fast rules:
“You’ve got a wagon-wheel effect in respect of risk. Half these spokes will purely be bad luck – anybody can get a melanoma. Not all skin cancers are related to sun exposure. Some of them are just random.
“The most common misconception I come across is that you have to have been sunburnt in order to get skin cancer. That’s simply not the case.”
The advice remains twofold:
- First of all, apply sensible precautions in the sun – wear SPF factor 30 applied plentifully and regularly, cover up with long/loose clothing and limit time in the sun altogether in the peak times
- Secondly, be vigilant for any suspicious blemishes or changing moles. Earlier identification of problems makes them much easier to treat, leading to the best outcomes for the patient. If there is any concern, get it checked out
DR ROSS PERRY
Dr Ross Perry regularly provides expert comment and advises the media on a range of skincare and health-related issues.
He has particular expertise in skin surgery mole removal, sun damage and melanoma; having removed thousands of moles in his career, both within the NHS and privately through Cosmedics Skin Clinics.
COSMEDICS SKIN CLINICS
Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors. The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics was has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.
Call 020 7386 0464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.