May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and we will be supporting the charity Skin to help raise awareness.
Since the early 1990s, rates of non-melanoma skin cancer have risen by 166% in the UK with cases expected to reach almost 400,000 by 2025.
The incidence of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) has risen faster than any other common cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK, 1 in 36 males and 1 in 47 females will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime and it is one of the biggest killing cancers in the 15-34 age group.
Hairdressers, beauty therapists and barbers can play a key role in helping to spot the early signs of skin cancer - and perhaps even lung cancer. But how do you know what to look for and what other advice can you offer?
This blog post covers:
- What is skin cancer?
- The rise in skin cancer cases
- Who is most at risk?
- Is skin cancer risk linked to skin colour?
- Where to look for signs of skin cancer
- What to look out for
- 'Finger clubbing' and lung cancer
- What to do if you spot something
- Advising clients about sun protection
- Skin cancer training course and Skcin's work
- Health and safety backup and support for Members
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