Have you had your skin cancer check this winter?

Did you know that winter can be the ideal time for a skin cancer check?

In the cooler months, your skin is usually covered by layers of clothes to keep you warm. This means you've had less UV exposure than usual, and your skin hasn't been subjected to much tanning or burning.

This makes it easier for Skin Cancer Doctors to examine your skin. With no tan concealing your moles, freckles and spots, the Doctor can much more clearly identify abnormalities and changes which may indicate skin cancer.

Rugging up in winter also means you’re less likely to notice changes in your own skin (or your loved ones’ skin), as it’s less exposed. So you may be looking less, but Doctors can see more!

Detecting skin cancer in its earliest stages gives you the best chance of successful treatment, and getting a skin check now is a great way to ensure you're ready for summer.

Plus, there are usually shorter wait times for treatment during winter as less people are thinking about getting their skin checked. The cooler months are also better for recovery if you are diagnosed with skin cancer and require treatment.

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