Why This Type of Cancer Goes More Undetected in the Winter
Why This Type of Cancer Goes More Undetected in the Winter
Why This Type of Cancer Goes More Undetected in the Winter
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Why This Type of Cancer Goes More Undetected in the Winter

Doctors believe there might be a correlation between the amount of layers of clothes we add on our bodies and the increase of cases of skin cancer that goes undetected during winter.

As temperatures drop and we bundle up in cozy sweaters, hoodies and scarves we might be neglecting a very important routine auto-check up that we should be performing even in the colder months.

A study conducted by Cancer Research UK, has found that melanoma skin cancer has been steadily increasing by over 30% in women since 2004. Theories surrounding this considerable incline in figures suggest that this might be due to a rise in travelling to warmer destinations. And although the survival rate for this type of cancer is relatively high when detected early on, one doctor believes that there might be a very simple way of avoiding late detection.

The more layers we put on, the less we notice changes in our bodies

Renowned dermatologist at Stratum Clinics, Dr. Adam Friedmann, is concerned that women might be forgetting to check up on their moles throughout the winter months:

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

As we tend to show off more skin during the warmer months of the year, we are then likelier to notice more anomalies on our bodies. Dr. Friedmann explains that:

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. 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.

Routine check ups at home are necessary

So, what is the best way to prevent this from happening to us? Dr. Friedmann suggests we take the time to perform self check ups on our bodies any chance we get: right before a shower, or as we get dressed in the morning for instance.

If ever you notice something abnormal, make sure to get it medically examined to be able to stop the cancer from spreading.

By Alex Schrute

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