Ah, summer. The season many of us look forward to the most throughout the year. Many of us relate this time of year to relaxing family time at the cottage, packing up the kids and heading to the beach, or a fun day at the zoo. Along with your snacks and water in your backpacks, be especially sure to pack your sunscreen!
Apply & Reapply Often!
Sunscreen is immensely important to apply at least 30 minutes before heading outdoors, at any time of the year, but especially in the hot months of summer. And also important is to reapply it often throughout the day. We need to protect our largest organ, our skin. As we know, melanin is the pigment responsible for our skin colour. And without protection, dangerous conditions can occur over time, primarily, a disease known as melanoma.
Melanoma Can Occur from Over Exposure to UV Light
Melanoma is the rarest and most lethal type of skin cancer. Fortunately with early detection, it has a very high cure rate. Melanoma is a lump on the skin that often looks like a common mole. It can occur when we are over exposed to the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) light or the use of tanning beds. Other risk factors that contribute to the development of melanoma are having a large amount of moles on your body, having fair skin or a family history of this disease.
The following are characteristics to look for in moles that may or may not be melanoma:
When you look at the mole, imagine a line traced down the centre of it. If both halves look similar, odds are the mole is healthy. However, if both sides look different, you may want to get the mole checked out.
A mole that has a rather smooth outline usually isn’t a problem, whereas if the borders are uneven or even jagged, it may be a melanoma.
Generally moles tend to be brown, some lighter and some darker. This can be fooling as melanoma can appear in different colours. A mole that looks black, blue, red or even white can present itself as a melanoma.
A melanoma usually are larger than a healthy mole. A regular mole tends to be the size of an eraser on a pencil, or smaller whereas a melanoma would be larger than that.
It is essential to know your body and its changes. If you notice a mole or a growth that you are unsure of, be sure to make an appointment with your family doctor or dermatologist. In the meantime, apply that SPF every day and often, and enjoy the beautiful summer weather!
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Til next time,
The information presented in this article is not to be taken as medical advice. Please consult with your health care provider.
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