Year 10 students watched a moving and thought provoking performance by Love Theatre on the important health issue of melanoma awareness . Jersey enjoys a high level of sunshine with higher levels of UV radiation than for example the UK. The risk associated with high UV radiation is therefore very relevant to teenagers in Jersey. Love Theatre are working closely with The Donna Annand Melanoma Charity (DAMC) and are visiting secondary schools to promote the fantastic work of DAMC in Jersey. We would like to thank both organisations for their time. To find out more go to http://www.damc.co
The DAMC aims to assist in the prevention of, to protect against, and promote the early detection of melanoma in the Channel Island of Jersey. The cause of melanoma is not fully understood, although repeated exposure to high intensity sunshine is the major contributing factor. Ultraviolet rays within the sunlight are known to cause skin cancers. UVB is responsible for burning the skin and is strongly associated with the development of Malignant Melanoma.
The Donna Annand Melanoma Charity was formed in June 2011 to highlight the dangers of malignant melanoma and raise awareness of the disease following Donna’s death in February 2011. Donna had everything to live for both personally and professionally when she died tragically at 29 years of age from melanoma cancer in 2011.Donna wanted people to be aware of the dangers of melanoma and that early detection of the disease is key.
The charity was officially formed in June 2011 and registered as a Non-Profit Organisation with the Jersey Financial Services Commission, and a member of the Association of Jersey Charities.
The main aims of the Charity are as follows:
• to support, assist or help individuals suffering from melanoma;
• to support the families and carers of, and any other persons interested in, sufferers from melanoma;
• to undertake, or to finance, or to contribute towards the financing of, education and the dissemination of information in relation to melanoma generally; and
• to establish and maintain mole clinics to assist in the early detection and prevention of melanoma.
Checking moles – ABCDE RULE
The ABCDE rule can help distinguish a normal mole from an abnormal mole.
If you find a mole that has any of these traits, it should be checked by your doctor.
A – Asymmetry. One half is different than the other half.
B – Border Irregularity. The edges are notched, uneven, or blurred
C – Color. The color is uneven. Shades of brown, tan, and black are present.
D – Diameter. Diameter is greater than 6 millimeters
E – Elevation. Elevation Means the mole is raised and has an uneven surface.