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Sun Awareness

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK and the number of people who develop it is increasing.

Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or sunbeds is the main cause of skin cancer. In the UK almost 9 in 10 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, could be prevented through enjoying the sun safely and avoiding using sunbeds (Cancer Research UK, April 2017)

It is important to keep your skin protected in the sun to prevent skin cancer.

Here are some tips for staying safe in the sun:

  • A sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 and a UVA rating of 5 or 6 stars is generally considered as a good standard of sun protection in addition to shade and clothing.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours, especially during exercise or swimming.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV400 rating and a CE mark..
  • Wear a broad rim hat that covers the head, ears and neck
  • Stay out of the sun during peak times, 11am - 3pm.
  • Sit in the shade and stay out of direct sunlight.


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