Why a Skin Check During Winter is Great

The most important thing you may do for your health this winter is get your skin checked. While a great number of people take on-board the sun-smart message during summer, it is often neglected during the winter. Skin cancers can develop at any time so sun protection measures and skin checks should not be neglected during the cooler months.People need to be aware that skin lesions from sun damage during summer months won’t show up over night. In fact it may take months or years for the damage to develop into a skin cancer. During summer you are far more likely to notice moles or unusual lesions as more of your skin is exposed. During the winter months we are heavily clothed and as a result often less likely to notice suspicious moles.

Additionally, winter may prove to be the best time for a full skin check. As most people are covered up during the winter months, this minimises sun exposure to skin lesions and moles. This can allow for better dermoscopy viewing (a distinct magnifying light, which allows a doctor to closely examine spots on the skin). Sun exposure can cause a mole to transform slightly which can make a normal mole appear suspect.

Remember to protect your skin this winter by applying 30+ sunscreen to exposed areas of skin such as the face and hands and don’t forget your lips and ears, and wear protective goggles or sunglasses for work, sports or just time out in the sun. If you notice a spot on the skin that looks different from the others or is changing, bleeding or itchy, it should be examined by a doctor.