What is skin cancer awareness month?
A yearly awareness month, skin cancer awareness month takes place every May. With the aim of raising awareness of one of the most common types of cancer, the dangers of unprotected sun exposure and to help educate people on the ways to help prevent against it.
What is skin cancer and how is it caused?
Skin cancer is caused by skin cells in the body that begin to develop abnormally, with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun thought to be the main cause. With some evidence suggesting towards that frequent exposure to sunbeds may also result in the cause of skin cancer.
With around 16,000 new cases diagnosed each year, it has seen to become more common in the UK with it thought behind being as a result of increased intense sunlight exposure whilst on holiday. With some people having the most increased chance of having skin cancer with:
- Lots of moles or freckles
- Pale skin that burns easily
- Red or blonde hair
- Or with a close relative who’s previously had skin cancer
What am I looking for?
The main things you are looking for when checking for skin cancer, is a change of shape or colour in existing moles or the appearance of new ones. Areas that are protected from sun exposure (such as the buttocks) are uncommon to be areas where you can find these changes in your skin.
How can this fit into my Sienna tanning routine?
Whether you are using a lotion, mousse, mist, or clear tan checking for skin cancer can fit into any tanning routine.
Having exfoliated, waxed, or shaved 24-48 hours before application, you will want to shake the product well before applying onto a Sienna X Apply Luxury Self-Tan Mitt or directly onto, you’re your skin. It is during this time that you want to look out for areas of your skin that have regular sun exposure for any new or changed moles on your skin, for areas that you might not be able to physically see such as your back we advise using a mirror or asking for another person to help.
Checking your skin regularly once every month can help to notice any new or drastic changes to your skin that may be a sign of skin cancer.
How to protect yourself against skin cancer?
Although skin cancer is not always preventable, you are able to reduce your chances of developing it by:
- Seeking shade regularly during sunny days
- Avoid getting sunburned
- Cover up as best you can with sunscreen and clothing, applying sunscreen regularly and using UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats
- Avoid UV sunbeds and sunlamps
- Examine your skin regularly at least once a month
How can Sienna X help?
As part of our skincare range, we offer two products that can help protect against UVA rays. The Priming Day Cream SPF 30 is an award-winning product which helps to protect against UVA rays which contribute to premature ageing and containing an anti-pollution formula. Which helps to protect against the damaging effects of blue light and infra-red type A
The Eye Cream (15ML) SPF15 can also help fight against the effects of aging & sun damage, offering protection against harmful UVA rays. With key ingredients such as Gingseng & Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract that help to maintain a healthy skin by supplying nutrients to aged and damaged cells.
If you think that you may have discovered a new or change in an existing mole, we advise to seek medical attention immediately. For more ways to identify and check for skin cancer please visit the NHS website or seek the advice of your GP.