Skin Cancer Risk Factors: And How to Reduce Them

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Skin Cancer Risks: And 7 Ways to Reduce them

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Skin cancer is a prevalent and potentially serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While the causes of skin cancer can vary, it is essential to be aware of the risk factors associated with this disease. No lectures, or shaming – we’re here to help you understand these factors so you can take proactive steps to protect yourself and maintain optimal skin health. In this post, we will explore some common skin cancer risk factors, empowering you to make informed choices about sun protection and overall well-being.

1. Tanning beds. Just one session before the age of 35 is reported to increase your chance of melanoma by 75%. Best to keep clear.

2. Sunburns. Add an SPF to your routine to protect against sunburn and the damage it causes. We recommend SPF50.

3.  Unprotected exposure to UV rays. Seek the shade, wear a hat and sunnies.

4. Genetics. Melanoma risk factor increases if you have a family history. The skin cancer foundation recommends checking your skin early (from adolescence) in cases where melanoma is prevalent in families.

5. Fair skin. Melanoma occurs more frequently in people with fair skin, light eyes ad light or red hair. Be extra vigilant if you’re in this category.

6. Lots of moles. It is best practice to do a monthly self-check of your skin so you can see any changes and get to your GP/dermatologist quickly.

7. A healthy diet. There is growing evidence to suggest a diet high in antioxidants helps fend off the free radicals caused by UV exposure. Read more here. 

If you have noticed a mole that has changed in shape, size or colour then it is important to get it checked. We can do that for you and include a whole body mole check, or visit your GP. Book with us here. 

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I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
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I had a wonderful experience at No23 Skin, the rooms were bright and airy, making you feel completely comfortable! Overall l left feeling very calm and relaxed! It’s so wonderful to be in the hands of amazing Doctorsread more
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Had a great experience at No 23 Skin. The doctor helped me feel really at ease and whole atmosphere was warm. Great location too. Can’t wait to go back for my facial in a few weeks!
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What a lovely find No.23 Skin is, this was my first facial post lockdown and I picked the perfect place. It is in beautiful location just off High St Ken and whilst being luxurious it was also welcoming and warm. I selected the anti-aging facial and Cecilia tailored it especially to my skin concerns. She had had such a great touch and I was relaxed from the first minute. Facial included a fabulous massage and a LED light treatment (this is a must) and after 75 mins I left with glowing skin! It’s been over two weeks and my skin still looks fresh and dewy.Next appointment is with Dr Armstrong for my wrinkle treatment. Will then be Christmas party ready!read more
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The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
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I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
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