As temperatures in the UK are set to reach a scorching 31 degrees this week, we all need to be slapping on the SPF 30, taking care of our moles and guarding against skin damage.
New data from Melanoma Focus found only 58 per cent of men knew a change in an existing mole could be a red flag, while just 57 per cent clocked one with an uneven edge could mean trouble (women scored 81 and 78 per cent respectively).
“It’s important to know your body and become familiar with your moles and skin and what they look like, so you will recognise if something changes,” Dr Philippa Kaye tells Sun Health.
“See a doctor if you notice a mole is changing, which can be in colour, size, appearance but also in sensation – so if a mole is bleeding, crusty or becomes sore or itchy.”
Non-melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed a combined 147,000 times a year in the UK, while melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, is diagnosed 16,000 times a year.
Cancer Research UK says non-melanoma cases are underreported, and it excludes it from data on the most common cancers in the UK. Melanoma is regarded as the fifth most frequently diagnosed.
Caught early, melanoma skin cancer has a good survival rate – 90 per cent if the disease is detected at stage one. And experts estimate 86 per cent of cases are preventable.
They initially tend to grow outwards rather than downwards, so don’t pose a problem. However, if they grow downwards into the deeper layers of skin, they can spread to other parts of the body.
source: The Sun