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May is Melanoma Awareness Month, but what is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer! When we expose ourselves to UV rays, the skins cellular DNA get damaged, this leads to genetic mutations within the cells which causes them to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumours!

We are all aware of UVB rays as they come with a warning sign – heat. However UVA rays are present all year round (even on our Irish drizzly January days), so that’s why most skincare specialists will tell you that it’s vitally important to wear a broad-spectrum (UVA & UVB) sunscreen all year round. Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher can reduce Ageing of the skin caused by sun damage. UV rays from the sun cause more than 90% of the visible signs of aging, which includes wrinkles, rough patches, sagging skin & discolouration.

The Irish Cancer Society advocates avoiding sun exposure between 11am – 3pm, wearing protective clothing and ALWAYS wear sunscreen!

Hugh Jackman recently had a second skin cancer removed from his nose. At the New York premiere of X-men, he said ” Tell all your readers – get checkups, wear sunscreen…it’s all about prevention!”

Malignant melanoma rates have been increasing rapidly since the early 70’s but the disease is largely preventable.

Take note of any new moles or growths and any existing growths that begin to grow or change. Changes in – size, shape, colour, elevation or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting – points to danger.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for an informative chart on the ABCDE’s of Melanoma.

If you have any concerns about moles or growths please contact your doctor. Body mapping and mole screening are now also available, which keep a permanent digital image for future comparison.

For information on Image Skincare’s wide range of broad-spectrum face & body SPFs, please contact Wexford Skin Clinic.



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