It’s Just Not Cricket

…..Except it is.

Cricket causes skin cancers or, at least, the time spent in the sun whilst playing increases the risk of developing skin cancer.

This week saw Michael Clarke, the former Aussie captain, reveal that he’d had three skin cancers removed from his face.  Fortunately, none were melanoma but that certainly does not mean that they are risk-free.

There are three main types of skin cancer: melanoma, squamous cell cancer and basal cell cancer.

Each behaves differently and, typically, they look different to each other. 

But don’t buy into the ‘melanoma is black’ myth or wait until an unusual-looking spot becomes raised, itchy or bleeding before you get to a doctor.

Not all melanomas are black and, sometimes, waiting until an odd spot goes from flat to raised might mean you have waited too long.

If it catches your attention – for whatever reason (or no reason at all, just intuition) – get it checked by a doctor who is experienced in diagnosing skin cancer.

And, if you doubt that the UV from sun accumulates and is dangerous in the long-run, the stories of Richie Benaud and other cricketers should knock those doubts out of the park.

The solution?  Sunscreen, a hat and more sunscreen every 2-4 hours.

And if you find something you don’t like when you are checking your skin out – get a skin doctor to check it out and give you peace-of-mind.