To protect you and your family
The sun is most dangerous in the middle of the day - find shade under umbrellas, trees, canopies or indoors.
- Make sure you never burn. Sunburn can double your risk of skin cancer.
- Always cover up using clothing with fabrics which offer a high degree of sun protection
- Sunscreen is enough wear a T-shirt, wide brimmed hat, stay in the shade 11 - 3 and wraparound sunglasses.(eyes get sun damaged too)
- Remember to take extra care with children
- Young skin is delicate, keep babies in the shade.
- Use factor 15+ UVB sunscreen
- Apply generously 15-30 minutes before you go outside and reapply often, at least every 2 hours and when it is washed, rubbed or sweated off.
- Remember to use a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. UVB is denoted by SPF (Sun Protection Factor) numbers 15, 30 etc. UVA is denoted by star rating
- Report any mole changes or unusual skin growths promptly to your Doctor
- Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK
- In 2008; 2067 people in the UK died from malignant melanoma.
- Melanoma is the 3rd most common cancer among people aged 15 - 39, early detection is crucial for successful treatment.
- The incidence of melanomas in the UK is rising, in the last 5 years by 24%.
- UV radiation damages DNA which can lead to the development of skin cancer. A tan is not a sign of health - it is a reaction to DNA damage.
- Most skin cancers are preventable - 80% of melanomas are caused by exposure to sunlight and artificial sources such as sun-beds and tanning lamps.
- There is a higher risk of skin cancer for some people who -
- Burn easily
- Have fair skin and/or freckles
- Have red or fair hair and/or pale eyes
- Have had skin cancer before
- Have a large number of moles (50+)
- Have skin cancer in the family
- Have had bad sunburn in the past
- Babies and children
If any of the above apply to you take extra care to protect yourself from the sun.