Sun awareness

Spotlight On… Chronic actinic dermatitis

by Deen Kurrimbux

A rare chronic skin condition that affects mainly males over the age of 50 although it may occur in younger individuals with atopic dermatitis. Chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD) is a severe form of eczema in which either natural sunlight or artificial light (UV) is the main causal factor, thus individuals with CAD are very sensitive to light. In extreme cases exposure to light in as little as 30 seconds will cause a reaction. The stronger the light, the stronger the reaction.

Spotlight On… Actinic keratosis

by Deen Kurrimbux

Actinic keratoses (AK) are dry scaly patches of skin caused by long-term exposure to the sun. Also known as solar keratoses the patches can vary in colour (red, pink or brown) and diameter (from millimetres to centimetres) and the skin can become very thick often forming small hooks and spikes.

solar keratosis

Spotlight On… Basal Cell Carcinoma

by Deen Kurrimbux

Basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) are thought to arise from hair follicle cells which are slow-growing, locally invasive malignant epidermal skin tumours. The tumours form finger-like protrusions which invade the adjacent tissue causing localised cellular destruction. This destruction is most likely to occur in areas of exposure to sun i.e. the neck, face and head.

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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.

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