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Sun Awareness Week 2024: Protecting Your Skin from Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Sun Awareness Week 2024: Protecting Your Skin from Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

May 07, 2024 Skin Care


Warmer weather has been slow to arrive this year but summer is coming. It’s essential to remember the importance of sun protection, even here in the UK. Sun Awareness Week 2024, running from the 6th to the 12th of May raises awareness of the importance of safeguarding our skin against harmful UV rays. This year, the focus is on non-melanoma skin cancer, highlighting the signs, and symptoms of how to protect ourselves from it.

Here at Simply Meds Online, we regularly share information about awareness campaigns such as this one. This is because the more you know, the better able you are to protect yourself and others.


What is Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer?

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and millions of people worldwide every year are diagnosed. Unlike melanoma, which originates in the pigment-producing cells of the skin, non-melanoma skin cancers typically develop in the basal or squamous cells. While non-melanoma cancers are considered to be generally less aggressive than melanoma, they still require prompt treatment to prevent complications.


The Signs and Symptoms of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

It’s important to know what to look out for when it comes to skin cancer. Recognising the signs of non-melanoma skin cancer is essential for early detection and treatment. 

Check your skin regularly and look out for:


1. Changes in Skin Texture 

 Noticeable changes in the texture of your skin, such as rough patches or scaly areas, could indicate non-melanoma skin cancer. Check yourself regularly and speak to your GP about any changes.

2. Unusual Growths 

Keep an eye on any new growths or existing moles that change in size, shape, or colour. These could be potential signs of skin cancer. 

3. Persistent Skin Sores 

Sores that struggle to heal or crust over may be a cause for concern and should be checked by a healthcare professional.


Protecting Your Skin is the First Line of Defence

Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to non-melanoma skin cancer. Here are some products and tips to help protect your skin:


Wear Sunscreen

Don’t forget sunscreen/sun cream. Invest in a high-quality sunscreen with a broad spectrum of SPF protection. Brands like La Roche-Posay Anthelios offer advanced sun protection technology, perfect for sensitive skin. This particular product is also suitable for anyone who is photosensitive due to lupus, existing skin cancer risks and others, thanks to the very high protection level. 

Look for a product suitable for your skin type, level of protection and other features such as whether it is waterproof.

Don’t forget to reapply as needed.


SPF Lip Balms for a Sun-Safe Smile

Your lips also need to be protected from sun damage. This is often overlooked. SunSense Lip Balm offers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection (SPF50+). This lip balm also includes vitamin E and cocoa butter to keep your lips moisturised and safe from harmful rays.


Eucerin Sun Allergy Protect SPF50+

When looking for sun protection for sensitive or allergy-prone skin, Eucerin Sun Allergy Protect SPF50+ offers superior protection against sun allergies and skin damage. This product has been specifically formulated for allergy-prone skin.


Nivea Sun Protect - Protection For The Whole Family

With its water-resistant formula, Nivea Sun Protect offers reliable sun protection for active days outdoors, while respecting the ocean and the skin's natural microbiome. With a range of Nivea sun protect products available, including easy (and fun) to use coloured roll-on sun cream, the whole family will be safer in the sun.


Stay Hydrated, Safe and Well in the Sun

During outdoor activities stay hydrated and replenish lost electrolytes when you can. Phizz Orange Tube Effervescent Tablets help you maintain hydration and energy levels while enjoying a refreshing orange flavour. Hydration is so important when it comes to protecting skin and staying well in the heat.

Use shade and cover up when you can, particularly on sunnier/warmer days. Sometimes it may not seem too sunny but your skin is at risk when exposed so be sun safe.


Sun Awareness Week 2024: Protecting Your Skin

When we get even the smallest amount of sun in the UK we tend to drop what we’re doing and get outside to enjoy it. There’s nothing wrong with that. Natural sunlight is a primary source of vitamin D, after all. When out this summer, please enjoy the outdoors without worry by ensuring everyone is sun safe and using an appropriate sun protection product for your skin type. 

Please familiarise yourself and remind your loved ones of the signs and symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer and how to protect your skin from sun damage. Visit Simply Meds Online to explore a range of sun care products and start your journey towards healthier, sun-protected skin today.

If you have any concerns about your skin, please see your GP.

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