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Caring for your skin after melanoma

Men and women discussing melanoma skin cancer

This page is about looking after your skin if you have had melanoma skin cancer. There is information about

 

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Caring for your skin after melanoma

A diagnosis of melanoma means you are at a higher than average risk of having another primary melanoma in the future. You must take care in the sun. The area where the melanoma was should not be exposed to strong sun at all. You should

  • Wear close weave cotton clothing in the sun
  • Wear long sleeves and long trousers
  • Wear a brimmed hat to protect your face and neck
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Use a high factor sun cream when you are in the sun
  • Stay out of the sun altogether between 11am and 3pm
  • NEVER use a sun bed


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Why it is important to protect your skin after melanoma

A diagnosis of melanoma means you are at a higher than average risk of having another melanoma in the future. You must take care in the sun. The area where the melanoma was should not be exposed to strong sun at all.

 

What you can do to protect your skin

You need to 

  • Wear close weave cotton clothing in the sun
  • Wear long sleeves and long trousers
  • Wear a brimmed hat to protect your face and neck
  • Wear sun glasses to protect your eyes
  • Use a high factor sun cream when you are in the sun
  • Stay out of the sun altogether between 11am and 3pm
  • NEVER use a sun bed

There is information about protecting your skin in the preventing melanoma section.

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Updated: 23 January 2014