Home > Lifestyle > Sun > Skin cancer Skin cancer All sections in Sun » About the sun » Artificial tanning » Global warming » Health tips » Skin cancer » Suncare » The sun and your kids » Why we need the sun » Your skin and the sun » Sun News Don’t ignore ‘sun spots’ If you’ve noticed a small spot or rough patch on your skin that doesn’t seem to be clearing up, don’t just ignore it. It could be pre-cancerous. Subscribe Newsletter » Like Health24 on Faceboook » Quiz Test your sun sense » Types of cancer prevalent in SA men Types of cancer prevalent in SA women Are you a melanoma risk? Some people are at greater risk than others for contracting melanomas, the most serious of skin cancers. Here's a list of those most at risk. Why sunburn triggers cancer Doctors have long known that getting severe sunburn when you're young increases your risk of skin cancer later in life. Why more men get skin cancer Researchers have found that a naturally occurring amount of antioxidants in females may be the reason that males are three times more likely to get skin cancer. How to do a skin self-examination Are you at risk of skin cancer? Then your doctor may recommend that you do a regular skin self-examination. Follow this step-by-step guide. The three types of skin cancer Exposure to sunlight can increase your risk of developing one or more of the three types of skin cancer. Beating skin cancer There isn’t really anything like a healthy suntan. All damage to your skin is accumulative and sunburn at 16 could very well mean skin cancer at 35. “ Latest comment on Health24 Richard Pearce says... I have never had the shot and I have not had flu in over 10yrs. Everyone I know who has taken then shot gets flu every year. Call for free flu shots in SA ” Preventing skin cancer Worldwide, the highest incidence of skin cancer is found amongst the Europeans living in South Africa and Australia. Diet may help prevent skin cancer A low-kilojoule diet may help prevent skin cancer, a US study of mice suggests. Diagnosing skin cancer If you have a change on the skin, your doctor must find out whether it's due to cancer or to some other cause. This usually involves a biopsy. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Taking charge of your health Man, take care of your health! Live healthier Marriage matters » Why marriages fail Divorce harder for kids from wealthy homes Why a curvaceous booty drives men wild "Should we get divorced?" After six years of marriage the spark is gone and this couple can't even have a conversation. Do you have a sweet tooth? » What’s SA’s most sugary drink? Craving sugar? Blame your brain WHO says we're eating too much sugar 10 foods with hidden sugar Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, you might still be eating far more sugar than you think.