Skin Cancer Awareness Month 2016

skin cancer foundationMay is ‘Skin Cancer Awareness Month’ for the American Skin Cancer Foundation. 

Skin Cancer Awareness Month has run for a number of years and every May, aims to educate the public on issues relating to skin cancer – particularly how to prevent, detect and treat it.

Key Facts

The key facts of skin cancer promoted for 2016 are:

  • 1 in 5 Americans can expect to develop it in their lifetime
  • 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated UV radiation from the sun
  • Skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early; but if allowed to grow, it can be harder to treat, disfiguring and even fatal

The Skin Cancer Foundation is fundraising to support its ongoing work in education and awareness programmes.

Preventing Skin Cancer Tips

The Skin Cancer Foundation has issued a series of tips for preventing skin cancer and stresses that these are year-round prevention guidelines, not just for the summer or holidays:

  1. Seek the shade, especially between the hours of 10-4
  2. Do not burn, avoid tanning and UV tanning booths
  3. Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses
  4. Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Use 2 tablespoons of sunscreen for your body. Apply 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours or straight after swimming or excessive sweating
  5. Keep newborns out of the sun and use sunscreen for babies over 6 months
  6. Examine your skin head-to-toe every months
  7. See your physician every year for a professional skin exam

Mole Checks and Removal Treatment

In the UK, patients who have concerns about an unusual mole should see the GP straightaway.

However, where the mole is deemed to be ‘cosmetic’ and not of medical concern, treatment is now very restricted due to budgetary constraints.

Private clinics such as Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer treatment for a variety of skin blemishes as well as top to toe mole checks. Treatment options include:

Cosmedics offer the latest laser techniques for minimal scarring and can also perform skin surgery on a day case basis for larger lesions where a surgical approach may be more suitable. Dr Ross Perry has removed thousands of moles in his career and is considered an expert in the field.

Skin Clinic Appointments

To book an appointment or enquire about our skin treatments in London or Bristol, please call our friendly team on 020 7386 0464 or email


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