Tips to staying safe this Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May marks Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and the Canterbury Hub are here to give you some top tips on how to stay safe as we move into the summer months.

This week is also Sun Awareness Week so what better time to double check you’re staying safe!

Skin cancer is one of the most comment form of cancers and affects millions of people across the globe each year.

The Canterbury Hub spoke to Dr Mark J Hudson-Peacock from  The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic who has some tips on what to do and what not to do this May.


Get your skin checked

This is one of the most important ones. If you’ve had any history of skin cancer or problems you need to stay on top of regular check ups.

Dr Mark says: “Getting your skin checked is important especially if you have a lot of moles, if
you have a history of significant sun exposure, past history of skin cancer, and, in my
opinion, everyone over the age of 60 should have one to establish a baseline and to give
advice for future skin care as part of skin cancer prevention and surveillance.”

Use sun screen

Leading up to the summer months every one is desperate to get to the beach or a pub garden, but even here in the UK it’s important to wear protection.

Dr mark says: “Important simple advice is to use an SPF of at least 30 each day on sun exposed skin between March and September when UVL is in higher concentration. Do not sunbathe without SPF50 on!”


Don’t use sun beds

“Unless advised for medical purposes” advised Dr Mark. Sun beds give out ultraviolet (UV) rays that increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

The NHS website says. ‘People who are frequently exposed to UV rays before the age of 25 are at greater risk of developing skin cancer later in life’.

If you are going for the tan purposes you could always result in one of Canterbury’s many spray tan salons.


Examine your skin

Its important to know your own body. In busy day-to-day life it’s easy for things to get forgotten but it’s really important to check your skin. The sooner the diagnosis and treatment, usually the better the outcome. If you find any suspicious moles or marks it’s better to be safe than sorry- make an appointment with your local GP or Dermatologist.

For more information on skin cancer and staying safe click here.