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Health Bulletin
Health Advice and Guidance
Working together with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Morrison Utility Services
are aiming to raise the awareness of occupational cancer, and ensure those individuals that are
exposed to harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun follow a few simple steps in order to prevent them
putting their health at risk.
What to look for?
The ABCD of melanoma (below) will help you remember what to look out for – the example photographs
show abnormal moles and melanomas, but remember not all will look exactly like these, so if you notice
any changes or unusual marks that have lasted more than a few weeks you must consult your doctor.
The ABCD of Melanoma:
A = Asymmetry, when half of the mole does not match the other half.
B = Border, when the borders of the mole are irregular/ragged.
C = Colour, when the colour of the mole varies throughout.
D = Diameter, if the diameter is larger than a pencil eraser – 6mm.
MUS Guidelines:
Cover up – Keep your top on and wear a hat if appropriate.
Protect – Use sun protection every day. Apply a high factor/UV-A protection to all exposed
areas (face, neck and arms).
Keep Hydrated – Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Check – Check skin regularly for unusual moles/spots.
(if in any doubt – seek medical assistance)
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. It’s also the easiest to avoid.
90 per cent of all skin cancer deaths could be prevented if sun exposure is controlled.
Nothing we do is so important that we cannot take the time to consider OUR health
Date issued: 29 April 2015
Author: Steve Hewings
Issued by: Steve Hewings
Health Bulletin No: 15 02