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Skin Cancer-what’s the risk?

We all have a different skin type, knowing your type will enable you to assess your risks and what sun protection you need.

Type 1 – Light

Your skin is pale and burns very easily, rarely tans. Usually light coloured or red hair and freckles.With type 1 skin, your skin type does increase your risk of skin cancer and you should be vigilant.

Type 2 – Normal

Your skin is fair and usually burns with sun exposure,it will gradually tan. Hair can be dark but still have fair skin.

With type 2 skin, your skin colour does increase   your risk of  skin  cancer and you    should   be  vigilant.

Type 3- Tan

Your skin burns when exposed to the sunshine too long or intense exposure to the sun, generally tans fairly easily.

With type 3 skin, your skin colour may increase your risk of skin cancer particularly if skin has burned

in the past.

Type 4 – Brown

Your skin is often described as olive coloured, usually tans easily, but can burn when exposed to long to the sunshine or intense exposure to the  Sun.

With type 4 skin, your skin colour may increase your risk of skin cancer particularly if skin has burned

in the past.

Type 5 – Dark

Your skin is naturally brown and is usually accompanied with brown eyes and dark hair. Brown skin types can burn when exposed to long to the sunshine or intense exposure to the sun.With type 5 skin, your skin colour may increase your risk of skin cancer particularly if skin has burned in the past. Observation of the palms of hands and soles of the feet are important on dark skin.

Type 6 – Very Dark

Your skin is Very dark or black, usually with dark brown eyes and black hair. This type of skin darkens very easily when exposed to the Sunshine and would rarely burn.Although having skin type 6 does give you some protection because you have greater amounts     of melanin within the skin, it is still possible for dark and black skin to have skin  cancer,     particular attention should be paid to the palms of the hands and the soles of feet.

The most common risk factors generally are :

Your skin type

Those who have suffered sunburn (especially with blisters) in the past and/or in childhood.Multiple moles (more than 50 is considered multiple) covering the body.A Family history of skin cancer.If you have suffered previously from skin cancer. If you   have    a suppressed immune system.

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