Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, and accounts for one in three cancer diagnoses.

Staying Healthy / Family Eating

An estimated 66,000 deaths occur every year from melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer - yet four out of every five cases are curable.

It's the third most common cancer in young adults aged 15-34 and the incidence of melanoma is set to rise by 50 per cent by the year 2030. Exposure to UV rays is a major cause of skin cancer, but it's not reserved for hot, sunny countries, as more people die from skin cancer in the UK than in Australia.

Here are a few top tips to keep safe in the sun:

  • slip on a T-shirt - choose a light fitted T-shirt for best protection
  • slap on sun cream - SPF15 gives moderate protection from UV rays. The higher the factor, the better the protection
  • slop on a hat - choose a wide-brimmed hat to cover your ears and the back of the neck
  • seek some shade - remember, the sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm
  • slide on sunglasses - look out for the CE mark for best protection.

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