Advice on sunscreens and keeping safe in the sun.
With worrying statistic about the rate of increase in skin cancers (see Stories in the Media below) we are encouraging families ahead of the summer holidays to stay safe in the sun.
Public Health England have warned that many local areas across the South West have higher rates of malignant melanoma than the national average.
NHS England South West Medical Director Caroline Gamlin said, “Being outdoors is clearly crucial for farmers, builders, gardeners, Post Office workers and others, and for people who take part in a lot of outdoor sport, but there are simple steps that can be taken to lower the risk of skin cancer and be sun safe.
“Men in particular need to take much more care. They need to use at least factor 15 sunscreen and apply it generously on all exposed skin – not forgetting their necks, ears and bald patches!”
Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer which can develop slowly over time. So while sunburn might feel better in a few days, it may have done long term damage which could be fatal.
The above video provides a brief overview on how to stay safe in the sun. We encourage you to just spend a few minutes watching it and taking a few simple precautions when going out in the sun.
Find more information on skin cancer from Cancer Research UK: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/skin-cancer
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