Patient Information Leaflets (PILs)
These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD). A small selection is available in booklet format and can be ordered by filling in an order form.
The BAD has been awarded The Information Standard certification for the process it employs to develop information products aimed at the general public, which include PILs, Sun Awareness Campaign materials, and other information products.
The BAD shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information published, and neither the scheme operator nor the scheme owner shall have any responsibility for costs, losses, or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of the BAD.
There are thousands of different skin complaints, therefore, the focus of the British Association of Dermatologists' PILs production is on the most common, rarest or debilitating skin conditions.
The offer to provide details of source materials used to inform British Association of Dermatologists' PILs is for instances where the advice provided perhaps does not reflect local practice, and not an offer to conduct literature searches or supply bibilographic materials for your own research.
XP is a very rare condition with about 100 patients living with it in the UK. The genetic material in the skin is unable to repair itself correctly after exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) which is present in all forms of daylight and some artificial light (see section ‘light bulbs’). Without this repair mechanism working correctly a person is much more likely to develop skin cancers of all types. XP can be divided into different types known as complementation groups A to G and Variant. There are slight clinical differences between the groups; some are known to develop neurological problems such as hearing loss, balance problems or learning (cognitive) difficulties.