July 18, 2016 at 10:41 pm
Melanoma risk in the “sun, sea and sangria” generation
Over the last 20 years the total number of melanoma skin cancers in the over 55s has trebled according to Cancer Research UK. This is equivalent to the incidence being 2.5 times higher in the over 55s compared with 1.6 times higher in younger patients.
This is the generation who had frequent holidays to the Med during the 60s and 70s and enjoyed coming back from their break with a suntan. It is well recognised that frequent sunburns are a risk factor for melanoma and it is likely that the cheap holiday boom has played a part in this increase.
This strengthens the importance of the advice that people should protect their skin while on holiday by seeking the shade and wearing protective clothing, in addition to wearing a good, high factor sun block.
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I had just been told after attending the Mole Clinic at my local pharmacy that I could potentially have a melanoma on my right leg. Obviously I was very worried and upset by this and when I met Dr. Herd he did his best to try and reassure me. The mole was removed and after a few anxious weeks my results came back fine. I have since seen Dr. Herd on a regular basis over the years for annual skin check ups and I find that his calming and friendly manner gives me peace of mind.