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How to Prevent Skin Cancer

The FIVE S's of Sun Safety

The main cause of skin cancer is exposure to sunlight or sunbeds.  Remember, it is not just sunbathing that puts you at risk, but just being in the sun without adequate protection.  If you take part in outdoor hobbies or sport such as golf, cricket, bowls, fishing or gardening, or you have an outdoor job you will be at greater risk.

To keep safe and make sure you NEVER BURN you should follow the 5 S's of Sun Safety

1. SUNSCREEN Apply a good quality SPF 30+ sunscreen, with broad spectrum UVA protection - a minimum of 3* rating, making sure you use enough and reapply every 2 hours

2. SUNHAT Always wear a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears

3. SUNGLASSES Wear wrap-around sunglasses with UV protection to give your eyes adequate protection from the suns rays

4. SHOULDERS Wear clothing that is UV protective if possible and always try and keep your shoulders covered up

5. SHADE Always seek shade, particularly during the hottest time of the day between 11am-3pm

Protecting Young Children in the Sun

Young skin is very delicate and easily damaged by the sun, therefore it is essential that all children are adequately protected.  We experience over HALF our lifetime exposure to the sun before the age of 18!  Burning during this time can cause irreversible damage.

Studies have shown that sunburn in childhood can double the risk of developing melanoma later in life!  It's not worth the risk, make sure your child is adequately protected when out in the sun, then you can all enjoy it safely.


    Top Tips for protecting children

  1. Use a minimum SPF 30+ sunscreen with a 5 star UVA rating and apply 20 minutes before children go outdoors.
  2. To be sure of good coverage reapply at least every two hours and more if in and out of the water.  Don't forget shoulders, ears, nose, cheeks and tops of feet.
  3. Use waterproof sunscreen on children over 3 years when swimming and reapply immediately after towelling. Waterproof sunscreens should not be used on children under 3 years old as they can easily over heat.
  4. Keep toddlers and babies in the shade as much as possible. UV suits are an excellent investment for young children, but don't forget to apply sunscreen on exposed areas. 
  5. Don't forget school times - lunch breaks are taken at the hottest times of the day! Remember children can still burn even on overcast days!