Skin safety tips in the sun

Posted by Gemma Osgood on

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More than 120 new patients a year are treated for skin cancer, with the largest number of cases occurring on the South coast. With the recent hot weather this is likely to be on the rise.

The majority of skin cancers are caused by excess exposure to the sun, and if you incur five or more episodes of sunburn at any age then you double your risk of contracting skin cancer. Skin cancer is now the second most common cancer among the 15-39 age group in the UK.

Poole and Christchurch Hospitals are hoping to boost awareness of the dangers of over exposure to the sun. They are running clinics at Sandbanks beach between 10am and 4pm on Thursday, July 25 to answer any questions and check out people's skin.

For more information, or to upload a smartphone UV app, visit the British Association of Dermatologists.

Tips for staying safe in the sun

  • Covering up is always the best option. Try to wear good quality clothes, or clothes with inbuilt UV protection
  • Wear a hat and UV protective sunglasses
  • Always apply suntan lotion before you go out in the sun. You should always buy suntan lotion with the UBA logo and which has a 4 or 5 star UVA rating
  • Remember to reapply suntan lotion regularly and especially after swimming
  • Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight
  • Try to avoid the sun when it is at its strongest, between 12-3 each day

Provided you remain safe in the sun, it is possible to enjoy the good weather without putting yourself at risk of harm.

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Gemma is a Senior Associate in our Clinical Negligence team with extensive experience in all areas of medical negligence claims.

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