Hello Doctor brought to you by Dischem – Skin cancer – 18 December 2013
Skin Cancer – 18 December 2013
Days are getting warmer, birds are chirping earlier and holidays are on the horizon. But before you reach for your slip slops and shorts, there’s something else you might consider reaching for first – your sunblock. As South Africans we are proud of our all year round sunny skies, but what we shouldn’t be boasting about is that we have the second highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. For once it’s not a bad thing to come second to Australia!
Around 20,000 South Africans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, making it one of the most common forms of the disease. Whilst more common amongst fair skinned people, skin cancers diagnosed in darker skinned people are often diagnosed later and are a more aggressive type of cancer. Safer to rather lather the SPF wouldn’t you say?
Choose a sun block with an SPF of at least 20, and apply it every day not only to your cheeks, but also your ears, neck, skin around the eyes and your arms. Ideally, sun block should be replaced every 2-3 hours, tricky if you’re in the middle of a class or work meeting, but remember to slap on some more cream whenever you head outdoors.
Other ways of preventing skin cancer are to avoid sunny skies between 10 and 3, always use a hat and sunglasses and to spot your spots. Know what your skin looks like on a regular basis and be aware of any changes.
Don’t wait for summer to start protecting your skin, make every day a No Fry Day!