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86% of skin cancer* cases are associated with lifestyle and other risk factors 1
Dr Daniel Glass, Consultant Dermatologist at BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital in London offers 5 top tips on how to stay safe in the sun this summer:
1. Apply sunscreen
Use your sunscreen liberally and at regular intervals, making sure to cover all areas of exposed skin, including the back of the neck, top of the ears and the scalp. Get help from someone else for the hard-to-reach areas like your back and shoulders. A sunscreen with a high SPF (sun protection factor) will help prevent the skin from burning and the damage that can cause skin cancer.
2. Wear more clothes
This may seem like an odd tip to advise during the summer, but wearing a hat, sunglasses, and putting on a t-shirt or kaftan to cover your shoulders and chest on the beach will give you more protection from the sun, without making you too hot.
3. Sit in the shade
Where possible enjoy the sun in the shade rather than sitting or walking directly in it. Take a large parasol to the beach and sit underneath this, especially at times when the sun is highest in the sky, so between 11am till 3pm.
4. Home & Away
Remember that the sun does come out in the UK as well; take sunscreen to work with you and apply before sitting outside on your lunch break.
5. Monitor your moles
It is essential to regularly monitor your moles. If any change in colour, size, shape, bleed or become sensitive to touch, then seek a review by your GP or Dermatologist.