12 May 2011
Today marked the launch of a damning report from Skin Cancer UK(SCUK), commissioned by the All‐Party Parliamentary Group on Skin, which identifies an urgent need for a well‐funded, national awareness campaign, alongside a focus on sun education and protection in schools, to stem the growth of the fastest rising cancer in the UK.
Richard Clifford, lead member of SCUK and Trustee of the Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity comments: “Children who are over‐exposed to the sun are storing up problems for the future. It is therefore imperative to encourage the use of sunscreens and sun protection to minimise their risk. Together with a shady area to play in and the wearing of hats, we would like to see provision made for teachers to take a role in the ‘common sense’ application and availability of sunscreens and protection.”
SCUK is calling on the Government to introduce a mandatory, enforceable, policy on sun safety based on national guidelines for UV exposure for schools.