More and more people are going to hospital with skin cancer symptoms.
The BBC News says, ‘In 2007 there were 87,685 admissions, in 2011 there were 123,808.’
What is a melanoma?
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. It develops from a mole that is not normal, for example, a strangely shaped mole, a mole that looks different colours in different places, a mole that looks very big, bleeds or itches.
BBC News says, ‘Sunburn doubles your chance of developing melanoma.’
Why are there more cases of melanoma now?
People are using sunbeds more. People are not protecting their skin properly: it doesn’t matter if you are on holiday or at home in the UK, you need to look after your skin.
How can you reduce your chance of getting skin cancer?
Simply protecting your skin by wearing suncream, not using sunbeds, and covering your skin when in the sun, will help reduce your risk of skin cancer.
We are now in September and the weather is cooler, but the sun is still dangerous. Please continue to look after your skin.
SignHealth, the Deaf Health Charity, and Cancer Research UK have been working together to produce BSL clips explaining skin cancer. Please watch them by clicking on the picture above. They could save your life.
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