Your skin type

Skin type describes how your skin reacts to the sun upon first exposure: Does it burn or does it tan?

The skin type is indentified by various characteristics, such as hair colour or fairness of complexion.

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Who is at risk

Skin cancer can affect anybody at any age. It is most common in people over 50, or people who have had prolonged exposure to the sun.

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How and where to look

We will need: a bright light, a full-length mirror, a hand mirror, 2 chairs, a blow dryer, body maps and a pencil or, ideally, a digital camera.

  • Examine your face, especially the nose, lips, mouth, and ears – front and back. Use mirrors to get a clear view.
  • Inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose each section to view.
  • Check your hands: palms and backs, between the fingers and under the fingernails. Examine both front and back of your forearms.
  • Standing in front of the full-length mirror, begin at the elbows and scan all sides of your upper arms.
  • Look to the neck and chest. Women should lift the breasts to see beneath.
  • With your back to a full-length mirror, use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back, and any part of the back of your
  • Still using mirrors don't forget your lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs.
  • Sit down; prop each leg in turn on the other chair. Use the hand mirror to examine the genitals.

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Euromelanoma exists to promote and share information on skin cancer prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. We are led by a network of European dermatologists who generously give up their time to serve this cause.

Our activities are focused on reaching three key audiences; the general public; the scientific community; and European and national policy makers.

For the public, through the Euromelanoma website (which has been visited by over one million people) and a yearly public awareness campaign, we promote understanding of skin cancer, its prevention, early detection and treatment. This activity culminates in public screenings during an annual ‘Euromelanoma Screening Day’. To date, over 450,000 people have received free skin examinations.

For dermatologists and the broader healthcare community, we regularly share knowledge and best practices through scientific publications in order to improve care for skin cancer patients.

For governments, we host special events to ensure the treatment of skin cancer is fully recognised and supported in healthcare systems and policies.

Since it was established in 1999 by six Belgian dermatologists (T. Maselis, M. van Daele, C. Pirard, V. del Marmol, B. Richert, and K. de Boulle), Euromelanoma has spread rapidly across the Continent and is now active in 33 countries.

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