How Much Do You Know About Melanoma?
It’s one of the most common cancers in young adults
Melanoma may be the least common skin cancer but according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it’s the most common form of cancer for young adults aged between 25 and 29. Melanoma is also the second most common cancer in people aged 15 to 29. Experts believe this is a result of tanning bed use.
It affects people of all skin tones
There is no one skin tone which is more or less susceptible to melanoma and Doctors and scientists can’t predict who will receive a diagnosis of Melanoma. Luckly, however, people can protect themselves against the risks by using a high factor suncream, limiting use of tanning beds and staying out of blazing mid day sun.
It may not develop in an existing mole
The common conception is that ‘bad’ moles evolve into melanoma. However, the jury is out and although some pathologists believe that melanoma manifests only in certain moles, still others argue that individuals can have several moles and still have melanoma originate in another place on the body. Regardless, it is better to be safe than sorry and any skin anomalies should be checked out by a GP as soon as possible.
It can happen in people with few or no moles
Melanoma symptoms include a change in the shape, size, or colour of a mole and the more moles you have, the greater your risk for melanoma. But even people who don’t have a lot of moles remain at risk for melanoma – it is a ‘lottery’ of sorts and in an ideal world, everyone would have their skin checked over by their GP regularly.
It may not be a mole at all
Melanomas can also look like a bruise that doesn’t heal or they can appear as a dark streak under a fingernail or toenai. Bob Marley was diagnosed with melanoma under one of his toenails in July 1977. He reportedly ignored advice to amputate the toe and the cancer spread to his lungs and brain, leading to his sad death in May 1981 at age 36. Melanoma can also manifest in the eyes but this is exceptionally rare.
Did You Know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness month?
Approximately 37 people in the UK are diagnosed with melanoma every day. This horrific disease can have shattering consequences, claiming lives and devastating families. Popup Wool Show is a proud sponsor of Melanoma UK and together we want to raise as much awareness as we possibly can in order to to ensure that more people are able to spot the signs of skin cancer. It could save your life or the life of a loved one.
We aim to assist melanoma UK in their bid to raise £50,000 this year. This money will be used to place much needed specialist melanoma nurses with people who need support.
Melanoma UK have a stand atthe Popup Wool Show. Theywill be handing out PICC line covers to anyone who has a PICC line administered. – please register for your PICC Cover on this link CLICK HERE and state that you will be attending the Wool Show and you wish to collect you PICC Cover
If you love knitting and want to help support cancer patients, simply grab your knitting needles and knit (or crochet) as many PICC sleeves as you can. Be as creative as you like in your choice of pattern and colour. Knit as many (or as few) as you wish and when you are finished? Pop your PICC sleeve in the post to the following address:
Pop Up Wool Show
Second Skin Events Ltd
25 Alverstone Road
Your hand made gift will be priceless to somebody who needs it
Please include a tag with your PICC Cover:
Any contact information you would like to provide (this is optional). Being able to say thank you might mean a lot to someone.