Hot Summer Increases Cancer Risks for Balding Men

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Hot Summer Increases Cancer Risks for Balding Men

Balding men in particular are being encouraged to monitor any mole changes on their scalps following the hot summer, with the prospect of an increase in scalp melanoma likely to impact in the coming months.

Recognised skin scalp specialist, trichologist Agnes Marufu, is warning that those most susceptible to unprotected increased UV light damage as a result of the unusually high temperatures and exposure to the sun are balding men, who are also those least likely to monitor changes in scalp freckles and moles.

Hot Summer Increases Cancer Risks for Balding Men melanoma“Actively monitor changes”

According to Cancer Research, melanoma cancers are the fifth most common cancers, increasing by 7% annually, creating 15,000 new cases each year. 10% of cancer deaths now arise from neck and scalp cancers according to the American Medical Association.

“Scalp melanoma are twice as likely to be fatal, when compared to other skin cancers, largely as they go unnoticed and un-monitored,” she says. “Whilst they can affect anyone, those with thinning hair, who rarely protect their scalp with sun lotion, are open to most risk, and for the coming three months at least should actively monitor changes changes, referring to their doctor immediately if any arise.”

The key sign to watch for is the appearance of asymmetrical moles or freckles with an irregular border, and more than one colour. Any with a diameter of more than 6mm, and showing signs of growth should be addressed immediately.

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“Aggravated during hot weather”

Agnes Marufu is calling for hairdressers and barbers not to hold back if they spot potential melanomas. “Simply because patients do not see their scalp the prospect of them not identifying rogue freckles and moles is much higher, and those who do see them tend not to like to mention it. By doing so though they may well be highlighting a life threatening condition and they should be encouraged to bring them to their clients’ attention,” she says.

Other less aggressive conditions are expected to have seen an increase too. Scalp folliculitis is aggravated during hot weather because of heat and additional sweating which creates a warm and moist environment for bacteria to thrive in hair follicles. This may well cause acne like conditions and skin flaking similar to dandruff. ‘These can largely be addressed by antibacterial treatments,’ advised Agnes Marufu, ‘and are more an inconvenience. Melanomas are a very different story.’

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