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National eye health week

24 - 30 September 2018

Sun awareness

Many of us like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, so we should make sure we do it safely. Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. Whether home or abroad, risk of skin cancer can be reduced by following this advice:

  • Stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun at its hottest
  • Cover up with loose clothing, good quality sunglasses and a hat
  • Use sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 and make sure you apply it regularly
  • by making sure you never burn, particularly if you have fair skin that burns easily or lots of moles or freckles
  • Always remember to take extra care with children, Young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun
  • If you're skiing, remember that snow reflects UV rays and you can still get burnt, especially at high altitude

For detailed advice on preventing sunburn and enjoying the sun safely please visit Cancer Research UK's SunSmart website.

The number of people who die from cancerous and non-cancerous melanoma (skin cancer) is higher in Wiltshire compared to some places in the South West and England. There is a particular need to target information on preventing skin cancer to children, young people and those who work and spend time outdoors. Each year in England around 100 people die from skin cancer caused by using tanning bed, with young females being particularly susceptible

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Men in Wiltshire who spend a lot of time outside are being urged to ‘Cover up Mate' this summer to protect their skin and reduce their risk of developing skin cancer.

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Last updated: 20 September 2018 | Last reviewed: 20 September 2018