16 Feb 2009 by Olga Brighton
Travel Health Newsletter - August 2006
Skin cancer is currently the most common type of cancer in the UK, with over 65,000 cases being diagnosed every year. It also has one of the fastest growth rates for cancer. Most skin cancers are caused by long-term exposure to the sun, or to UV light, such as the use of sun beds, and could be prevented by minimising exposure to these sources, by regularly applying sunscreen, wearing long sleeved clothing. With the recent heat wave in the UK equal care should be taken at home.
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To spot skin cancer you should check your skin regularly and get your partner or someone else to check areas that you cannot easily see, such as your back. You should look for sores or lumps that persist for over 4 weeks, which may itch, appear as scabs, continue to bleed, or appear eroded for no apparent reason.
For more information go to Cancer Research UK's website.
Cholera is transmitted via contaminated water, shellfish and sometimes food. Symptoms include severe diarrhoea, which can last 1-7 days, and up to 20 litres of diarrhoea may be passed in one day. The cholera vaccine is given by mouth, and has been available in the UK since 2004; it may also offer protection against traveller’s diarrhoea. Preventative measures include the avoidance of non-bottled water, including ice cubes, and any food that may have been washed in non-bottled water. Outbreaks occur across the globe, with the most recent reported in Angola, Guinea, Chad, Iraq and India.
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