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Free information and support on sun safety and cancer

Free cancer information and support is coming to Market Deeping, Spalding and Holbeach this week.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service will be visiting the area, with specialists on hand to answer questions and provide support. The team encourages anyone with worries relating to cancer to stop by, whether you’re living with cancer, or care for someone who is.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month so Macmillan is encouraging people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.

There are two main types of skin cancer: non melanoma and melanoma. Around 136,000 cases of non melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year which makes it the most common type of cancer by far. It is unlikely to spread, very treatable and the earlier it is diagnosed the easier it is to treat.

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, with around 15,400 people diagnosed each year. It is more common in people with fairer or freckly skin. Around 27 per cent of new cases occur in people aged 75 and over. Unlike other cancer types, malignant melanoma also occurs relatively often in people of younger ages.

Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. This may be long term exposure, or short periods of intense sun exposure and burning. Using sunbeds can also increase your risk.

The service will be outside The Bull in Market Deeping from 9am to 4pm on Wednesday, outside Boots in Spalding on Thursday during the same hours and at Holbeach Tesco on Friday, again from 9am to 4pm.

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