Most of us remember to take sun cream with us on holiday but old bottles, irregular application and simply forgetting mean skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer in the UK.
It takes just the tiniest hint of the sun’s rays to convince us to shed our layers and prostrate ourselves on pieces of grass the land over.
But experts have warned that more than half of Brits are at risk of skin cancer-causing sunburn this year.
Not wearing sunscreen, using old bottles that are out of date and forgetting to reapply are all reasons we might burn this year. And by the end of the summer 1250 people in the UK will have died from skin cancer, so it’s time we started putting more effort into sun protection.
After the soggy washout of last summer, followed by dreary, even-wetter months during the winter AND the non-existent spring it’s no wonder we can’t get our heads around sun protection in the UK.
But during spring and summer we’re closer to the sun and even when there’s ample cloud cover, UV rays can still cause our skin damage and aging. (In fact, on your face, skincare experts recommend wearing SPF 30 all year round.)
Dr Dawn Harper, who supports the campaign,said: “As the sun comes out everyone is keen to enjoy the fun that comes with it. However, Brits need to take sun protection seriously.
“Malignant melanoma is the fastest rising common cancer in the UK and is particularly high in younger people.
It’s even more vital for children and young adults to protect themselves against sun damage.
“Shockingly, allowing your child to play in the sun unprotected is a much higher risk than allowing them to smoke a cigarette – just ten minutes in strong sun can be all it takes for the sun’s UVB rays to burn the skin. Just one episode of sun burn can trigger melanoma,” Dawn added.
“Regular use of sunscreen in the first 18 years of life can reduce the lifetime risk of non-melanoma skin cancers by 80 per cent. Sunburn in childhood is believed to be a primary cause of melanoma, so we are asking Brits to stay safe and slap on a capful.”