At Laser Skin Solutions we were not surprised to read an article this week in the Daily Mail of 25 year old Leanne Atherton who has been diagnosed with a malignant melanoma due to excessive sunbed use.
After laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation and in particular sun damage reversal is the next most popular treatment at our Bournemouth laser clinic. Sun damage that we now see appearing, in the form of thread veins, pigmentation, sunspots and uneven skin tone, can be the result of excessive sun exposure occurring as far back as ten to fifteen years ago.
The UK has experienced a fantastic summer this year despite predictions of a rainy holiday period. It would be fair to say we have received our fair share of sunshine this year. But is there such a thing as a ‘safe’ amount of sun? Technically, no – there is no such thing. Any UV exposure damages our skin. There are of course health benefits like increased vitamin D production, but as we constantly point out to our clients at our Bournemouth laser clinic, you need very little sun in order to gain enough vitamin D to keep our skins healthy – and you certainly don’t need to expose your face to UV.
What is more alarming to us at Laser Skin Solutions is the amount of people, who, knowing they are about to leave the UK for 2 weeks of guaranteed sunshine, decide to use a sunbed before they go. Exposing our skin to intensive UV rays is never a good thing. But to do so on lily-white skin before an additional 2 weeks of hot sun is potentially skin-suicide.
Leanne Atherton says she knew that sunbeds posed a risk, but didn’t understand how much. We all know however that excessive sun exposure and sunbed use can increase our risk of skin cancer. This is a very well known fact. It would be a fair assumption to make that Leanne Atherton quite possibly did understand the risks involved, but thought, just like the rest of us, that skin cancer is something that happens to other people, that it will never happen to us. We do wish Leanne Atherton all the best and hope that the skin cancer has not in fact spread.
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