Expert guide to skin cancer prevention

As seen in Yahoo News

Dr Ross Perry was invited to give his expert advice for Yahoo News about lowering your risk of skin cancer. 

Dr Perry is a UK expert on skin health and has recently featured on TV (Loose Women) as well as regularly appearing in printed and online press.

Sunscreen advice

Year round protection

Dr Perry shared his advice with Yahoo News:

“Our faces are the area most prone to ageing, as well as sun damage due to the fact they are constantly exposed to UV sunlight.

“There are often a lot of questions as to whether people should wear sunblock on their faces all year round, the simple answer is yes! Throughout the winter you could wear a lower factor sunblock such as a factor 30. But during the spring and summer months, a factor 50 would be more advisable particularly if you are fair-skinned.”

All day protection

He stressed that it is important to apply sunblock before going out and then reapply it regularly during the day:

“The ideal scenario is to apply sunblock 15 minutes before going out into high-intensity sunlight. If you are regularly applying sunscreen every 2-3 hours then hopefully that will allow you to expose your skin to the all-day sun.

“However, it would be advisable that between the hours of 11am and 2pm to be under an umbrella as this intensity of sunlight is almost certainly able to penetrate the sunscreen.”

Sun burn advice

If you feel your skin starting to burn, the best thing is to get out of the sun as quickly as possible.

Dr Perry also shared his advice for cooling and soothing the skin if it’s caught the sun:

“The best thing to do is apply moisturising lotions such as Aloe Vera or other soothing aftersun lotions and to apply this every 2 hours.

“It is also important to treat the sunburn with a cold flannel after the initial few hours after the burn. Once it has got past 4- 6 hours then carry on applying regular moisturising creams.”

How to spot worrying moles

Dr Perry gave Yahoo News some advice on how to tell if a mole could be cancerous:

“If you have a mole that is bleeding then it is almost certainly not normal unless you have merely caught it or it has been rubbing (such as on a bra strap) and that is the cause of the bleeding i.e. from an injury.

“Most moles do not spontaneously bleed so it is important to get this checked out by visiting your doctor. Other things such as changes in size and shape and colour are important signs of potential skin cancer.”

The golden rule is to contact a doctor if you notice a change in any moles or skin blemishes. It’s always better to get things checked out early and rule out any concerns.

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