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Fact file on harmful skin lightening ingredients

Written by: Kofi Dwinfour

The following ingredients found in some skin lightening products have been proven to be harmful to health and cause permanent skin damage.
For information about how Trading Standards are stamping out the illegal trade in skin lightening creams please read this blog.
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Beauty and the skin cream beasts that can kill

Written by: Kofi Dwinfour

Thousands of image-conscious Londoners are risking their health and even their lives by continuing to use banned skin lightening creams that can seriously damage organs and even cause cancer, according to London Trading Standards. (more…)

Alarming increase in diagnosed skin cancer over the past 10 years

Written by: Kofi Dwinfour

Over the past 10 years in England, there has been a 61% increase in new cases of melanoma, the most serious, and often fatal, form of skin cancer, and an increase of 41% in non-melanoma skin cancers. In 2012, there were 11,281 new cases of melanoma and 79,743 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer. Moreover, in the UK as a whole, the mortality rate is 20% compared with 12% in Australia for a similar number of cases. More than 2,200 people die, every year, from malignant melanoma.

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Summer sun protection top tips

Written by: Kofi Dwinfour

It is almost Midsummer and naturally, all our thoughts turn to fun in the sun, either here or abroad. Exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays increases the risk of skin cancer, which is why proper sun protection is essential. In fact, the sun’s UV rays are responsible for about 90 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 86 per cent of melanomas.

Exposure to UV radiation is directly linked to all three forms of skin cancer. By adopting good sun safety habits families can enjoy summer outdoor activities without increasing their skin cancer risk.

Here are some top tips to help you and your family enjoy a sun-safe summer.

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Melanoma rates dramatically increasing in children and young adults

Written by: Kofi Dwinfour

The incidence of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, has increased by more than 250% among children, adolescents and young adults since 1973, according to award-winning research to be presented by Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 51st Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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