This July's CLL Global Newsletter includes a timely reminder for those of you at the bottom of the world (location is relative after all - see attached corrective map).
The article commences "Most of you do not need a reminder that it is summer. All you need to do is walk outside and feel the heat." and goes on to note that "...approximately 15% of CLL patients will develop skin cancer as a secondary malignancy."
"In general, skin cancer is often more aggressive in CLL patients compared with people who have never had cancer, and CLL patients are at a higher risk of developing recurrent skin cancer."
"We know that CLL negatively affects the immune system and is associated with deficient DNA repair. This DNA damage may be the culprit behind higher susceptibility. Patients who need treatment for their CLL are at an even greater risk because their immune system is further compromised. "
"...we remind you to protect your skin with protective clothing, sunscreen and shade. Be on the lookout for changes to your skin. Check your moles regularly for any changes in size, shape, color or texture. Have a yearly total skin check with a dermatologist."
Seems strange to me writing this from the dead of winter during a particularly cold spell. We've even had a rare dusting of show on the nearby hills!
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From a cold and rugged up Neil!