Experts are calling for mandatory sunscreen standards and a total ban on sunbeds after alarming figures show New Zealand has the highest skin cancer rates in the world. The 2018 Skin Cancer Index, published by the German medical analyst group Derma.plus, revealed nearly 2500 New Zealanders were diagnosed with skin cancer every year. Consumer New Zealand chief executive Sue Chetwin said these findings were a concern but not surprising, considering New Zealand still did not have adequate protection in place to try to reduce the risk of skin cancer. "Unfortunately we have been campaigning for this for along time and we don't seem to getting any traction on the mandatory standards.'' Consumer last year tested 20 sunscreens against the Australia and New Zealand standard and only nine met its SPF label claim. "Our test found some natural sunscreens only provided low protection. "One didn't meet high protection or broad spectrum claims and two companies - including one big brand - provided … [Read more...] about Sunscreen, sunbed rules sought as skin cancers increase
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For Heather Skerry, a trip abroad can prove complicated. But it's not because the brave 27-year-old is afraid of flying or has a habit of getting lost in new places. It's because she is one of the few people in the world with no fingerprints - which has led to problems at airports. "It's interesting when you try to go to America and they try and take your fingerprints and you say you haven't got any," said Heather. "I went to New York with my mum in 2005 and it was our turn to show our passports. Mum did her fingerprints and when it came to me I said 'I don't have any fingerprints'. He said 'Don't be silly, everybody has fingerprints'. I showed him my hands and he just looked shocked and tried to find me on his computer. "He said 'Amputee?' I said, 'No, I've got hands, they're here. I just don't have any fingerprints'. I was taken off to a police room and I was absolutely terrified and burst into tears." Heather was born a 'butterfly child' - a term given to children with a rare … [Read more...] about Brave woman born a ‘butterfly child’ who has no fingerprints or skin on back
THERE are hundreds of different types of cancers and it remains one of the biggest killers. The most deadly form is lung cancer, followed by bowel, prostate and then breast. These four cancers account for nearly half, 45 per cent, of overall deaths from cancer. In the UK, around 13,300 people a year are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, according to Cancer Research. And spotting the early signs of the disease could make all the difference when it comes to survival. Experts recommend that those individuals perform regular checks of their skin to spot for potential signs of the disease returning, or new melanomas appearing. What is skin cancer? Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. This growth can occur when damage is caused to skin cells – most often caused by UV radiation from sunshine or tanning beds. This damage can triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumours. How common is skin … [Read more...] about What are skin cancer signs and symptoms, what does melanoma look like and is it caused by sunburn?
A brave young man who last month launched a £500,000 campaign to help find a cure for his deadly skin condition is battling cancer again. James Dunn, 24, from Whiston, has made a YouTube video announcing the devastating news, which he wants as many people as possible to see. He said: “Unfortunately I found another lump on my hand a few weeks ago. Last week I had a biopsy and MRI scan and, unfortunately, the results show that I’ve got cancer again. “I’m going in for an operation to get it removed next Wednesday, as luckily it hasn’t infiltrated the bone or muscle yet. “I just hope everything is going to be OK.” James has Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a group of genetic skin conditions which cause the skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch. He was first diagnosed with a type of skin cancer associated with EB in December 2015. After treatment, he was in remission – and said he was determined to raise as much money as possible for … [Read more...] about Brave James Dunn is battling skin cancer again
It was dark by the time I got to Linda’s. I’d been her GP for seven years but this was the first time I’d been asked to visit her at home. I retrieved my bag from the boot, put my hood up against the wintry drizzle, and made my way across the sward that separated her house from the road. My shoes swished through the wet, uncut grass. On summer evenings, children from some of the other old Somerset miners’ cottages would be out playing; their own private rec. Tonight it was deserted. Trevor answered my knock. “She’s through here,” he said, ushering me into the warmth of the small hallway. Linda was sagged in a sofa that had been squeezed against one entire wall of the compact living room. In the time it took to greet her, I noticed that her skin was sallow, even allowing for the artificial light. And every now and then, one of her arms or legs would jerk involuntarily. She managed a weak smile, but her eyes were dull and distracted – … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightThe wounded healer: how my father’s cancer led me to a life of helping othersDictator’s playground: inside Viktor Orbán’s Hungary