After treatment for melanoma
Being diagnosed with cancer can have a big impact on your life, even after you've finished treatment.
After treatment you’ll come back to the clinic to see your specialist. How long this goes on for and how often you see them depends on the melanoma you had. It’s important to go to these appointments. Make a note of them in your phone or diary.
At the clinic your nurse or doctor will show you how to check your skin and what to look out for. Always get in touch with them straight away if you’re worried about anything.
When you have your follow-up appointments you’ll also be given advice about sun protection.
After you’ve had a melanoma, you’re more at risk of getting another one. Protecting yourself from the sun helps to reduce this risk, so this is really important for you.
Following these tips will help:
- Use the ABCDE checklist so you notice any mole changes early.
- Protect yourself whenever you go out in the sun. Use high-factor sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Put it on often (using the directions on the bottle), and especially after swimming.
- Don’t think that wearing sunscreen means you can stay out in the sun for longer - always cover up instead.
- Never allow your skin to burn.
- Never use a sunbed or sunlamp.
- Use fake tan if you want to look tanned.
- Try to avoid going out in strong sunlight between 11am and 3pm.
- Cover up when you’re in the sun - wear long sleeves, a wide-brimmed hat and trousers or a long skirt or sarong.
- Ask your skin specialist whether you should be taking vitamin D.
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