Melanoma-what you need to know

Using a good sunblock with an SPF of at least 50 isn’t just about avoiding wrinkles, it might just save your life.   Sunshine is a leading cause of malignant melanoma, otherwise known as cancer of the skin.

Malignant melanoma is the fourth commonest cancer in Ireland.  Over one thousand new cases are diagnosed in this country every year and rates are set to more than double in both men and women in the next number of decades.  Thankfully, the cast majority of people are diagnosed at an early stage and survival rates are high for this type of cancer.but even  so, skin cancer can, and should, be prevented.

So what can you do to avoid skin cancer?

  1. Use a good sun-block-at least SPF 50.  Apply liberally to sun exposed areas and re-apply every few hours, especially if you’ve been swimming.  It might seem crazy to do this in Ireland where we get so little sun, but remember, our typical pale Irish skin is very easily damaged by sunshine.
  2. Cover-up.  Cover the arms, back and back of the neck.  If possible, look for clothing with an SPF value.  For men, don’t forget to cover up the bald patch, if you have one.
  3. Avoid the sun.  Just stay out of the sun, keep indoors or in the shade when the sun is at its strongest in the mid-afternoon.

What should you look for?

Check your moles regularly and when you do, remember your ABCDE.

A: Asymmetry-the two halves of the mole do not match.

B. The Borders of the mole are uneven.

C.  The Colour of the mole has changed or darkened.

D.  The Diameter is greater than 6mm.

E.  The mole is Evolving ie growing, changing, itching, or bleeding.

February 4th is World Cancer Day.  This information is not a substitute for medical advice.  If you are worried about any symptoms, always talk to a doctor.

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Why Cant I have Botulinum?

You may have finally decided to take the plunge and make 2018 the year that you give Botulinum a try.  You’ll be glad you did-Botulinum (Btx) injection is a safe and effective procedure and over the last number of decades, thousands of people around the world have used it to successfully treat wrinkles and a number of medical conditions.

Unfortunately, however, Btx isn’t for everyone.  Some people are just not suitable for Btx.  When you attend for Btc, your doctor will go through a list of questions with you to make sure that Btx is the right option for you and, most of all,. to make sure it’s safe for you.  Some of the reasons you might not be allowed to have Btc are listed below:

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Sunlight, Vitamin D and Sunblock. What to do?

Sunlight, Vitamin D and Sunblock.  What to do?





We all know that the suns UV rays are a risk factor for developing skin cancer and there is a seemingly never-ending stream of advice to keep out of the sun, cover up our skin and wear sunblock.

However, we also know that 80% of the Vitamin D that the body needs is manufactured in the skin by the action of the suns UV rays on the skin, particularly UVB.

A sunscreen with SPF 30, properly applied, can be expected to block out at least 97.5% of the suns UVB rays and therefore, in theory at least, could reduce the capacity of the skin to manufacture Vitamin D by 97.5%.

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