Sun Awareness Week 5th – 11th May 2015
Stay safe in the Sun – Be sun Aware
Sunscreen can help reduce the risk of skin cancer and fight the premature aging caused by the sun on the skin. To help protect your skin use a high sun protection product (minimum of SPF 30) with UVA protection. Spend time in the shade during the sunniest part of the day when the sun is at its strongest between 11 and 3 in the Summer months, Avoid direct sun exposure to babies and very young children. When it’s not possible to stay out of the sun, keeping yourself well covered with a hat, T-Shirt and sunglasses can give you additional protection. Apply sunscreen generously to exposed areas of skin and reapply every 2 hours and after swimming to maintain a good protection.
Some people are more at risk of skin cancer than others such as:
- Those with pale skin.
- Those who have been sunburnt in the past especially if blistering occurred.
- People who have a lot of moles.
- People with a family history of skin cancer and those who have already had it.
- People with poor immune systems such as those being treated for conditions such as HIV , Cancer or had an organ transplant.
- Frequent users of sunbeds.
- People who work out doors or spend a lot of time outside.
If you notice a change to a mole or a patch of skin – have it checked. Your Doctor may refer you for further tests – don’t take a chance or delay seeking advice as there is a better chance of cure if it is caught early.
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