Melanoma Awareness, Preventative Tips, Skin Cancer
Above: 40% of melanomas arise out of pre-existing moles but not all melanomas arise from moles
Myth 1: Your face needs the most protection
When at the beach we often cover our face and shoulders with sunscreen, but what about our backs and legs? The most common site for melanomas to occur in men is the back (approx 40%) and the most common site for melanomas to occur in women is the leg (approx 40%).
Myth 2: You have had a skin check before, so you will be OK in the future
Having your skin checked will let you know if you are OK at that point in time. Your skin is in a constant state of change and melanoma can appear at anytime; frequent checks are needed to keep on top of any changes in your skin which may indicate melanoma.
Myth 3: All melanoma skin cancer starts with a mole
It is estimated that approximately 40% of melanomas arise out of pre-existing moles. But not all melanomas arise from moles; they can also arise from unmarked skin.
Myth 4: You can’t get skin cancer if you have dark skin
Did you know that Bob Marley died from melanoma? Fair skinned people are at higher risk of skin cancer, but this doesn’t mean people with darker skin tones don’t need to protect their skin.
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Note: This quick questionnaire is designed to give you an idea of your personal skin cancer risk factors.
It isn’t intended to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis – please contact us if you have any questions about your skin cancer risk.
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