OUR 3 STEP APPROACH TO PREVENT SKIN DAMAGE

CHECK
YOUR MOLES

Get the what, where and how on moles.

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES


Expert advice on the best protection.

PLAY IT SAFE
IN THE SUN


How to prepare for fun in the sun.

Did you
know?

90% of skin cancers are
curable, if detected early*.

Become a Skin Checker and monitor your and your loved ones’ moles.

* https://www.euromelanoma.org/intl/node/25 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.

YOUR QUESTIONS
OUR ANSWERS

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How can I protect my skin from the sun?

It's best to protect your skin every day to avoid long-term damage. Sun-exposed areas should be protected with sunscreen as well as shade, hats and sunglasses where possible. When exposed to high UV levels you should reapply your sunscreen regularly and use additional protection such as clothing as much as possible. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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What is the best sunscreen for sensitive skin?

Choose a sunscreen formulated especially for sensitive skin which is fragrance free and free from other irritants such as parabens. If you have had an adverse reaction to sunscreen in the past, then is always advisable to test the sunscreen in a small area for a few days prior to applying it over the whole face. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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Does a spray tan protect you from the sun?

Unfortunately a spray tan offers no effective level of sun protection. The tan like a dye in the outer layers of the skin but has no protective effect. Fake tanning is much safer than conventional tanning from the sun but it is still essential to use regular sun protection to avoid unintended damage after using fake tan. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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

Without sunscreen it is difficult to obtain complete protection from the sun if outdoors. Sun-protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and shade are great additions to reduce sun damage but due to reflection of sunlight we cannot completely protect our skin outdoors without using sunscreen. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I protect my face from the sun?

The face is the most frequently exposed area. It's important to develop a daily habit of high SPF protection on the face. This will reduce the sun damage throughout one’s life. However even with daily sun protection, direct sun exposure on the face should be avoided where possible using hats, shade and sunglasses. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I tan without damaging my skin?

Unfortunately any suntan is a distress call from the skin and shows that the skin is trying to protect itself from UV damage. The only tanning that avoids skin damage is fake tan. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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