Your skin and the sun 

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. Small amounts of sunlight can increase vitamin D levels and keep bones healthy, but spending too much time in the sun exposes the skin to excessive amounts of ultraviolet (UV) rays, which may cause skin damage. Even everyday sun exposure can cause skin damage over time. WATCH THE VIDEO...

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More than moles

Many people know to check their moles for changes, but skin cancers that are not related to moles are more common. In a small number of cases SK can lead to non-melanoma skin cancer. SKs can appear as scaly, sandpaper-like patches and vary in colour from barely noticeable to a more obvious red, so it is important to look and feel for ALL skin changes, not just moles.



The following can happen as a result of over exposure to the sun:

Age spots

Darker patches of skin that appear mostly on the face and hands

Fine lines and wrinkles

General signs of ageing, but premature skin ageing can be a sign of over exposure to the sun

Melanoma

Malignant melanomas are often mole like in appearance. While the condition does begin in the skin, it can  spread to other organs when not recognised and treated early

Solar keratosis (SK)

Also known as actinic keratosis or sun spots, SK patches are often rough, scaly and red (but may vary in appearance). SK can lead to non-melanoma skin cancer in a small number of cases