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Sun awareness beach event

The sun is scorching – make sure your skin is not!

Visitors and locals made the most of summer’s arrival last weekend by packing out Bournemouth and Poole’s beaches on what’s been recorded as the warmest day of the year so far.

With Hurn’s temperature soaring to nearly 30 degrees celsius on Sunday, it’s not surprising that the sunny south coast has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the UK.

That’s why a team of experts from Poole Hospital and Christchurch Hospital’s dermatology units will be taking to Sandbanks beach to give sun awareness advice and offer free skin checks to members of the public on Thursday 25 July.

Dr Caroline Morgan, skin cancer lead at Poole Hospital, said: “The majority of skin cancers are caused by excess exposure to the sun, and five or more episodes of sunburn at any age doubles your risk of melanoma. But preventing the risk of skin cancer is simple – take sensible precautions in the sun.”

Nearly two thirds of Poole Hospital’s dermatology department patients are treated for skin cancer and sun damage and more than 120 new patients with melanoma, a cancer that usually starts in the skin, are treated every year at the hospital.

Juliet Hately, skin cancer nurse specialist at Poole Hospital, said: “It’s remarkable to think that more people die of skin cancer in the UK every year than in Australia – melanoma is now the second most common cancer amongst the age group 15-39 in the UK. 

“Weather like this can be fleeting in the UK and while it’s normal to want to take advantage of the sunshine, it’s really important to take precautions in the sun.”

To have your skin checked or to find out more about skin cancer and sun awareness, come along and meet the team at Sandbanks beach between 10am and 4pm on Thursday 25 July.

Alternatively, visit the British Association of Dermatologists’ website at http://www.bad.org.uk/ and upload the BAD UV app to your smart phone.

Top tips from Poole Hospital’s team of dermatology experts

  • Slip on a shirt – covering up is the best form of protection. Wear good quality clothing that doesn’t let the light in. If you want to test your clothes hold them up to a light – if you can see straight through them they will not protect you against the sun. Look for clothing with sun protection factor (SPF).
  • Wear a hat that covers your face, ears and neck and wear a pair of UV protective sunglasses
  • Seek out the shade – between 11am-3pm when it is sunny. Step out of the sun before your skin has the chance to redden or burn. 
  • Keep babies and very young children out of direct sunlight
  • Slap on the sunscreen – when choosing a sunscreen look for:
  • High protection SPF to protect against UVB – nothing less than factor 30
  • The UVA circle logo and/or four or five UVA stars
  • Apply 30 minutes before going out in the sun and re-apply every two hours and straight after swimming and towel drying
  • No sunscreen will provide 100% protection

Date: 8 July 2013

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