On World Cancer Day and everyone is encouraged to wear pink colours as a symbol of support to those who are affected by this dreadful illness.
Here are the signs and symptoms of cancer:
1. Irregular borders on moles (ragged, notched, or blurred edges)
2. Moles that are not symmetrical (one half doesn’t match the other)
3. Colours that are not uniform throughout
4. Moles that are bigger than a pencil eraser
5. Itchy or painful moles
6. New moles
7. Sores that bleed and do not heal
8. Red patches or lumps
Ways to protect yourself
1. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun when possible.
2. Wear sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15.
· SPF refers to how long a person will be protected from a burn. (SPF 15 means a person can stay in the sun 15-times longer before burning.) SPF only refers to UVB protection.
3. To protect against UVA, look for products containing: Mexoryl, Parsol 1789, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or avobenzone.
4. Sunscreen performance is affected by wind, humidity, perspiration, and proper application.
5. Throw away sunscreens after 1–2 years (they lose potency).
6. Apply liberally (minimum of 1 oz) at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.
7. Apply to ears, scalp, lips, neck, tops of feet, and backs of hands.
8. Reapply at least every 2 hours and each time a person gets out of the water or perspires heavily.
9. Some sunscreens may lose their effectiveness when applied with insect repellents.
10. You may need to reapply more often.
11. Wear clothing with a tight weave or high-SPF clothing.
12. Wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses with UV protection and side panels.