Gardeners face skin cancer risk

Seventeen suspected cases of skin cancer were detected during the UK's largest ever mole-checking event, hosted at BBC Gardeners' World Live in Birmingham recently by the British Association of Dermatologists in association with skin cancer charity SKCIN.

For five days, teams of dermatologists, supported by dermatology nurses, provided a free mole check at the event.

Gardeners learnt how to check their skin for signs of skin cancer. Dermatologists spoke to 560 people and picked up three possible cases of melanoma, 11 possible basal cell carcinomas and three potential lentigo melanomas.

Sun protection brand Uvistat representatives recommended high SPF and five-star UVA protection products with prescription status in the UK, so the user has the highest protection of UVA and UVB.

- See www.skcin.org and www.bad.org.uk


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