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Successful sun awareness session

2024-07-10T14:20:16+01:00Wednesday 10 July 2024|

More than 160 staff had their moles checked as part of a sun awareness session at Walsall Manor Hospital.

As part of this year’s Skin Cancer and Sun Awareness Day, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Dermatology Team ran a drop-in clinic for staff.

Healthcare experts also gave advice on the dangers of sun exposure and the damaging effects it can have on skin such as cancer.

Dr James Halpern, Clinical Director, said: “It was a really successful day with around 164 staff coming to have their moles checked and being given advice.

“This clinic has been running for 30 years and it feels really good to be able to offer back a nice service to staff as a thank you and to reassure them.

“Having these consultations allows us to pick up skin cancer, warn colleagues about it and help them protect themselves.

“We actually pick up about three to four skin cancers every year when running these clinics which shows how important it is to get checked. Having our staff come directly to us also allows us to get them referred immediately without having to go to the GP first. It’s also a good way to educate our staff who can then help raise awareness among our patients.”

Abigail Keen, Rapid Response Sister, was among attendees and asked for checks on moles on her arm and leg.

She said: “Since I’ve seen the Consultant I’m feeling really reassured. When you are working, it’s hard to make time for yourself but with these clinics you get seen really fast. It’s great that these checks happen every year.”

Most skin cancers can be avoided if people follow these basic rules:

  • Check your skin for changes regularly
  • Report any skin changes to your GP or nurse promptly
  • Do not use sunlamps or sunbeds
  • Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
  • Never burn
  • Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
  • Take extra care with children
  • Use at least factor 30 sunscreen
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