Sun Awareness Week 6th-12th May 2019

This year from the 6th of May to the 12th of May is Sun Awareness Week, the aim of this week is to raise awareness for the dangers of long exposure to the sun, and to promote safety when outside.

How can you be safe in the sun?

It’s quite easy to be safe when outside, with the simplest and most important thing to do being putting on sun screen. Make sure you put on a hat, or cover your skin. It’s the easy things like this that save your skin from harmful and painful damage caused by the sun when over-exposed.

What damage can the sun cause?

Over-exposure to the sun’s rays can cause serious damage to your body, with two common types of cancers. One being non-melanoma, and melanoma, which is by far the most dangerous and deadly skin cancer. This simple reason is enough to look after your skin and stay in the shade and be safe in the sun.

Who is affected?

Everyone is affected by damage to the skin from the sun, in fact last year, 35% of people in the UK were burnt at least once, with 28% of those being burnt more than three times during the year.

So this year, remember to wear sunscreen, wear a t-shirt, stay in the shade and during Sun Awareness Week spread the word of sun safety and the dangers of over exposure!

Please use links below for more information

British association of dermatologists

Cancer Research UK sun uv & cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support The Skin and sun exposure

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