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Sun Awareness Week

publication date: May 6, 2013

Sun Awareness is the British Association of Dermatologists' annual campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer. The campaign aims to encourage people to regularly self-examine for skin cancer. The second is to teach people about the dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning.

British Association of Dermatologists  stress the importance of "early detection", and the importance of checking your moles, using the following ABCD E-asy rules. There are three types of skin cancer, and all look different. The following ABCD-Easy rules show you a few changes that might indicate a melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

As skin cancers vary, you should tell your doctor about any changes to your skin, even if they are not similar to those mentioned here.

What to look for:

Asymmetry – the two halves of the area may differ in shape

Border – the edges of the area may be irregular or blurred, and sometimes show notches

Colour – this may be uneven. Different shades of black, brown and pink may be seen

Diameter – most melanomas are at least 6mm in diameter. Report any change in size, shape or diameter to your doctor

Expert – if in doubt, check it out! If your GP is concerned about your skin, make sure you see a Consultant Dermatologist, the most expert person to diagnose a skin cancer. Your GP can refer you via the NHS.


The British Association of Dermatilogists produces patient information leaflets which are free to download.