Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How to Stay Safe in the Sun; HEALTH MATTERS

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How to Stay Safe in the Sun; HEALTH MATTERS

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THE school summer holidays are almost upon us and we are all crossing our fingers for some good weather across Teesside.

When the sun is shining we all want to spend more time outside with family and friends and it is easy to forget about keeping safe from the sun's rays.

It is just as important to protect your skin from the sun on hot days at home as it is when you travel abroad in search of the sunshine. Even though the sun isn't at its strongest here in Britain, UV rays still cause damage to the skin and every bit of sun damage increases the chances you have of developing skin cancer later in life.

Cancer Research UK's SunSmart campaign has some helpful tips to help you stay safe in the sun.

Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm. The summer sun is strongest around the middle of the day. Find shade under umbrellas, trees, canopies or indoors.

Cover up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses. When the sun is at its strongest, sunscreen is not enough.

Choose a sunscreen that is at least factor 15 and has a high star rating. Use it generously and regularly to get the right amount of protection. Sunscreen does not give 100% protection and should be used along with shade and clothing. Never use sunscreen as an excuse to stay out in the sun for longer.

Avoid sunbeds. | Sunbeds are not a safer alternative to tanning in the sun. The intensity of some of the UV rays they give off can be 10-15 times higher than that of the midday sun.

Report unusual moles or skin changes to your doctor. Finding skin cancer early can save lives.

Babies and children need extra protection from the sun because their skin is delicate and easily damaged. Keep babies under six months in the shade at all times.

Some people are more like-ly than others to develop skin cancer. These people tend to have one or more of the following: fair skin that burns easily in strong sun, lots of moles or freckles, red or fair hair, lightcoloured eyes, a personal or family history of skin cancer or a history of sunburn. …

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