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90% OF SKIN CANCERS CAN BE TREATED, IF DETECTED IN TIME.
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Euromelanoma Epidemiological fact sheet

IT'S AS SIMPLE AS
ABCDE

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A IS FOR
ASYMMETRY

Moles with two even sides are ‘symmetrical’ moles. Asymmetrical moles, like the one on the left, are malignant, and a possible sign of skin cancer.
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B IS FOR
BORDER

A benign mole has smooth, even borders, unlike melanomas. The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.
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C IS FOR
COLOR

Most benign moles are all one color - often a single shade of brown. Having a variety of colors is another warning signal. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, white or blue.
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D for
diameter

Benign moles usually have a smaller diameter than malignant ones. Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the eraser on your pencil tip (¼ inch or 6mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.
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E for
evolution

Common, benign moles look the same over time. Be on the alert when a mole starts to evolve or change in any way. When a mole is evolving, see a doctor. Any change - in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting - points to danger.

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How can I protect my skin from the sun?

Sun exposure puts you at risk of sunburn, as well as the long-term dangers of premature ageing and skin cancer. To stay safe in the sun, seek shade between 11 am and 3 pm, wear a hat, protective clothing and sunglasses. In addition to these measures, generously apply broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen every 2 hours to any area of exposed skin.


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What is the best sunscreen for sensitive skin?

Some sunscreens can cause unpleasant stinging sensations on sensitive skin. Opt for broad-spectrum UVA-UVB protection that is tested on the most sensitive skin, such as the ANTHELIOS range from the sensitive skin specialist brand La Roche-Posay. All ANTHELIOS products integrate naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to soothe sensitive skin.


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Does a spray tan protect you from the sun?

Absolutely not! Spray tans react with dead cells at skin’s surface to “dye” the skin. This has no bearing whatsoever on the skin’s defences against the sun. Spray tanning is much safer than conventional tanning, but you must continue to protect your skin from the sun after a spray tan using broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen.


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How can I protect my skin from the sun without sunscreen?

Dermatologists recommend wearing hats, sunglasses and protective clothing as well as seeking shade when the sun is at its strongest. But sunscreen is at the core of sun protection strategies and cannot be omitted from your routine. ANTHELIOS sunscreens undergo rigorous testing on even the most sensitive skin to ensure total safety.


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How can I protect my face from the sun?

To avoid premature ageing or skin cancer, it is important to use daily facial sunscreen. This is all the more important if you are pregnant or using the oral contraceptive pill, as this puts you at risk of “pregnancy mask.” Choose a texture that best suits your skin such as a comfort cream for dry skin, a non-comedogenic gel for oily skin or a fresh mist if you like rubbing cream in.


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How can I tan without damaging my skin?

Skin tans when cells called melanocytes react to UV damage by producing a pigment called melanin to protect skin cells by absorbing UV radiation. In short, it is not possible to induce tanning without first exposing skin to damaging UV radiation that puts skin at risk of burning, premature ageing and skin cancer. The best way to tan without damaging skin is to use a self-tan product.


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What are the consequences of
Sun exposure on unprotected skin?

Over-exposure to the sun can have short and long term negative or even life-threatening effects on your skin, whether your skin is dark or light. No matter what your skin-type, it’s always important to take the steps to protect it.

The sun is pleasant and has beneficial effects but over-exposure can cause problems. The first problem is sunburn: you have been out in the sun and didn’t think about using protection because there was a slight wind or it was cloudy… you didn’t feel that the UV rays were aggressive on the skin. Four hours later, you experience a severe reaction: redness and burning; we’ve all been there.It is a very uncomfortable situation which can be even worse if you are taking oral photo-sensitizing medication certain antibiotics or you have locally applied a photo-sensitizing product on joints. In the latter cases, the burning can be very severe and the effects will be immediate. The long-term effects are more irritating and serious. There are two types. The first is skin ageing which is caused by the accumulation of the sun’s rays over a lifetime. The second is skin cancer. There are two types of skin cancer. Firstly, carcinomas which are found in the areas that have been most exposed: the face, ears, scalp and back of the hands. It takes the form of a small sore that bleeds and can be treated if it is detected early enough. Carcinomas tend to appear in older patients. Melanoma is much more serious; this is the famous mole which is in fact not a mole but rather a brown spot that appears and changes very quickly and may trigger remote reactions that can be life threatening. It can occur very early in life: even young people may present with melanomas.The only way to treat it is to identify and remove it immediately. So we can say that the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays on the skin have long been known as we know that sunburn contributes to the development of cancer. We now also know that UVA rays are carcinogenic exacerbate skin ageing and can cause cancer in the long term; hence the risk of exposure to UVA rays for example when using tanning beds. It should also be pointed out that we do not all react in the same way when exposed to the sun.Fair skin types will never have natural protection from the sun; hence they will never be tanned and will never develop protection; it will always be necessary to use sun protection. Other skin types, which are darker may create a natural protection but you should be aware that both skin types need to be well protected initially. This is essential in order to avoid the aforementioned long-term effects.

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