Protect yourself from the sunBy Jonathan Low
July 25, 2012
Sunseekers are being warned to take care and avoid getting burnt as temperatures continue to soar this week.
More sunshine is forecast for the region tomorrow and into the weekend but people are being warned not to stay in the sun for too long.
Dr Mike Durkin, medical director for NHS South of England, said: “It is important that everyone is aware of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer and to take precautions when out in the sun.
“If you notice any changes to your skin you should see your doctor as soon as possible and get it checked out.
“Early diagnosis is essential in any illness and it’s always better to raise any concerns with your GP as soon as possible.”
On average there are 9,693 cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in England.
Nine per cent of deaths from skin cancer in England each year are in the south central area which includes Berkshire.
People are being encouraged to Slip on a t-shirt, Slap on a hat and Slop on some sun cream to protect their skin from the dangers of the sun all year round, even in cool or cloudy weather when rays can still cause harm.
Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart campaign recommends:
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more.
- Choose a sunscreen labelled ‘broad spectrum’, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with a star rating of four or five stars.
- Apply sunscreen to clean, dry skin.
- Use around two teaspoons of sun cream to cover your head, arms and neck.
- Use at least two tablespoons of sun cream to cover all your exposed skin, if you’re wearing a swimsuit.
- Re-apply sunscreen regularly (at least every two hours) as it can come off through washing, rubbing or sweating.
- Re-apply sunscreen after going in the water, even if it’s labelled waterproof.
- Use sunscreen along with clothing and staying in the shade to avoid getting caught out by sunburn.
- Don’t be tempted to spend longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen.
- Don’t forget to check the expiry date on your sunscreen, and don't use it if it has expired.
For further advice and top tips to look after yourself in the sun visit: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Sunprotectioneyesandskin.aspx