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Melanoma and its Recognition, with Melanoma Pictures

New articles today covering these topics.

With ozone depletion increasing our exposure to dangerous UV radiation from the sun, skin cancer, or melanoma (the ultimate form of sun poisoning), is on the rise.

We can minimize our risk my paying careful attention to limiting our exposure, and using various forms of sun protection, such as sun protecting creams for exposed skin, and sun protection clothing, glasses and hats for the rest of our bodies.

Just one or two lifetime events of serious blistering sunburn can increase your chances of later melanoma, and it makes sense, without any paranoia, to check yourself over now and again.

The information here is intended to help you with this checking. If you have the slightest concern, seek professional advice immediately. Do not rely on these pictures for an actual diagnosis. Caught early by your physician, melanoma is eminently treatable.

Be aware that diagnosis is immensely more subtle than these few pictures can show, and looking through them is no substitute for years at medical school.

So, with these provisos, you will find the two new articles by clicking on the following links :

What is Melanoma ?

Melanoma Pictures and Recognition

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Ozone layer depletion reaches all time high

This fall, when the ozone layer depletion peaked for the year, the area of the “hole” or depletion zone equalled the highest ever measured, in September 2000.

Our anti-pollution measures have not yet initiated a downward trend, and indeed the situation is not predicted to start improving until around 2020, even assuming we all do our best.

It may return to normal (ie pre-1979 levels) around 2070, but until then ozone depletion is something we have to live with and maybe more of us will have to take sun protection seriously, and look at sun protection clothing and cremes. SPF looks like three letters we will all get to know only too well.


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UV Index warnings direct to mobile phones

Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation is responsible for up to 60 000 deaths a year worldwide, according to a report released this summer by the World Health Organisation. Many of those deaths, however, could be avoided through simple preventive measures such as seeking shade when the UV Index is high, the report says.

Thanks to an innovative service called HappySun, the UV Index can be delivered directly to mobile phones via SMS or can be accessed on the Internet. HappySun calculates the UV Index throughout the day by using ESA satellite data on radiation, ozone and cloud coverage. The service has just completed its two-year-long test phase and has received positive feedback from users.


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Sun Poisoning - vital advice and information

Sun Poisoning is a growing concern as we are faced with a weakening ozone layer, and the resultant increased UV radiation damaging our skin.

We have collected some top class advice, which is surely an essential read for everyone in our new article at Sun Poisoning.

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