Skin cancer, or melanoma, can be a frightening thought if you are planning a trip to a hot country but that is no reason why you should stay away.
Catching a few rays can be beneficial to the body as it helps produce vitamin D and promotes feelings of well-being.
Those diagnosed with a melanoma are usually people with pale skin, fair hair and freckles. It is not very common in people with darker skin. IF you find a mole on the surface of your skin that is changing shape you are advised to visit your GP.
Taking care in the sun is vital to avoid a melanoma. Around 70 per cent of people who are diagnosed with the condition in the UK have superficial spreading melanomas. If it is diagnosed early, surgery is usually successful.
But should a melanoma grow downwards into the skin it is then that they can affect other parts of the body.
In the UK, according to the latest available statistics from Cancer Research, there are around 15,400 new cases of melanoma annually, many of those people being under the age of 50. It is the 5th most common cancer affecting both men and women.
It is commonly known that intense exposure to ultraviolet light leading to sunburn can result in a melanoma forming. More than 2,400 people in the UK die from the condition annually.
Talk to Direct-Travel’s call-handling team if you want to enquire about travel insurance after a melanoma/skin-cancer diagnosis to ensure you are completely covered in case you fall ill abroad.