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Learn about staying safe in the sun this summer

sunDermatology experts from Poole Hospital are inviting the public to learn more about sun safety, have their moles and skin checked and find out how to reduce the risks of skin cancer at their annual sun awareness beach event.

The free event will take place on 27 August, 10am-3pm at Sandbanks Beach near the life guard station.

Lead consultant dermatologist Caroline Morgan said: “The idea of this event is to let the public know why it’s really important to take precautions in the sun and look after your skin. We want people to be able to safely enjoy the sunshine without putting themselves at risk of developing skin cancer in the future. 

“The majority of skin cancers are caused by excess exposure to the sun, burning in childhood is known to double the risk of developing malignant melanoma. In Poole we had around 150 new cases of melanoma last year - and this is increasing every year. 

“Most skin cancers are curable if caught at an early stage so it is a really good idea to check your skin once a month for new or changing moles. At the Sandbanks event we'll have a team of dermatology specialist nurses and doctors able to check people's moles and also give advice on what to look for".

Dorset has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the UK and the rate is increasing by 10% every year. Ultra Violet Light exposure is the main potentially avoidable risk factor for skin cancer - prolonged sun exposure over many years can lead to basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancers).

Date: 10 August 2015

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