Use Sunscreen

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by rathdrumdental 2 Comments

During my time in private practice I have identified four different skin cancers on people who were unaware that they had a potentially life threatening condition.

  • Lip
  • Nose
  • Forehead
  • Ear

All of these caused directly by sun damage. All of these were preventable by using sunscreen. They all resulted in the people concerned being scarred for life. Thankfully they are all still alive.

If you notice any swelling that comes and goes over more than a two week period, or bleeds, changes shape or colour attend your GP/Dentist ASAP.

On the head and neck these cancers will appear in the areas that you miss when applying sunscreen.

Avoid direct exposure for long periods of time particularly between 2 and 4pm, but most importantly use factor UVA/UVB 30+ for a long lasting healthy tan that won’t kill you! 

In a nutshell,

  • enjoy the sun in short periods of time using a high factor sunscreen covering all exposed areas. If in doubt, check it out.

Talk soon,

James

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