Summers in Malta can be pretty harsh and more often than not the strength of the UV index veers on the high side. Needless to say, the sun has an adverse effect on our skin, as it can cause skin cancer such as melanoma. Of all types of skin cancer, melanoma is the most serious and dangerous, and if untreated in the early stages, it can be life-threatening.
As an initiative towards sun awareness, Prohealth invited a leading Dermatologist Consultant to give each employee a thorough skin check. He also educated all on the pitfalls of not taking the necessary precautions to protect oneself from the sun.
Here’s what went down
The Dermatologist Consultant, stressed the importance of protection, regardless whether one is fair or dark-skinned, as everyone under the sun is affected. Using a dermatoscope, every employee was checked from head to toe for any irregular moles and beauty spots. Following the ABCDE rule, it is important to check whether a mole or beauty spot is symmetrical, has even borders, has a uniform shade of colour, usually brown, has a diameter smaller than 6 millimetres and that it does not evolve over time.
“We turned our boardroom into an impromptu Dermatology clinic”
Here are some key takeaways by the Dermatologist Consultant:
- Every month you should self-examine your skin thoroughly for moles, marks, blemishes and pigmentation. For unreachable areas, ask a family member to help you check or otherwise a mirror can be used.
- Take photos of the moles, etc that appear to be irregular and show them to your physician or dermatologist.
- Avoid being in the sun in peak hours especially in between 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
- Wear cool and loose-fitting clothes
- Wear sunglasses that have UV filtered and polarized lenses.
- Hats and caps are important to protect one’s head, especially for bald people.
- Apply a sunscreen with high SPF having both UVA & UVB filters. Use daily, applying every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
Protection starts from within
As advocates of sun awareness and protection, Prohealth markets two of the most sought-after sun care brands, Ideal Soleil by Vichy Laboratories and Anthelios by La Roche-Posay. Our aim is to spread awareness about the damaging effects of the sun and how to protect everyone, both children and adults, with the right type of sunscreen whatever the skin concern.
We empower our own! Each employee was given a sunscreen to be fully protected for the summer ahead.
“Prohealth employees with Vichy and La Roche-Posay sunscreens”
Check out our Facebook Page within the coming days to see a video we have created where all Prohealth employees came together to show the importance of applying sunscreen!