15 December 2019

Skin cancer goes undetected over winter

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It's that time of year when we leave work in the dark and pile on the layers, but one expert is keen to press the importance of keeping on top of health checks during the colder months. reports citing Cosmopolitan that because there's one cancer more likely to be missed, as people are less inclined to keep their eyes peeled for it during winter.

“Typically we notice a larger proportion of skin cancer in the spring and summer when our moles are exposed, but we still do have many cases in the winter," says Dr. Adam Friedmann, leading dermatologist at Stratum Clinics, who specialize in all things skin. "We’ve seen a number of patients so far this winter who've been diagnosed with skin cancer and this is often a knock-on effect of not being sun savvy during the warmer months." So, just because it's a piling-on-the-chunky-knits season, it's important to still check for any unusual looking moles.

"Damage to moles can be gradual and doesn’t always happen instantly after sun exposure, so it’s during the long winter that changes to moles may go unnoticed because we’re all wrapped up in layers," he explains.

2019.11.22 / 18:53
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