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Skin cancer risk 'not just from holiday sun'

July 18, 2019

 

It is one of the subjects we cover in our health and safety training for nannies who wish to become Ofsted registered. You have a duty of care to the children you care for NEVER take a chance in the sun. Now you can buy once a day sun cream personally I use P20 and so far have never been burnt. Check children regularly, ensure they go in the shade during the high level in the day normally between 12=2. Dont take changes it equates to Neglect if a child gets sunburn in your care.

 

The BBC reported this:

 

Skin cancer rates have "soared" in the UK over the last decade, particularly in men and younger adults, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has warned.Incidence of melanomas rose in men by 53% - from 19 per 100,000 in 2004-6 to 29 per 100,000 in 2014-16.And diagnoses in 25-49 year olds rose by 78% - from nine per 100,000 in the mid-90s to 16 per 100,000 in 2014-16.The charity said that people needed to remember to protect their skin in the UK, as well as on holiday.Men are more likely to develop skin cancers on their chests and backs and women on their legs, probably because of what they wear in the sun. Men's risk can also be increased if they have a job that means they work outdoors.

Cheap flights

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK - with just under 16,400 cases in 2016, with 3,400 of those among people aged 25-49.

The increase is being linked to the rise in cheap flights, which means people are more likely to go abroad more frequently.

However, skin cancer is still more common in people over 65.

Media captionAre you applying sun cream properly?

Experts say almost nine in 10 cases could be prevented by using a high factor sun cream.

They also advise:

  • Seek shade when the sun is strongest (between 11:00 and 15:00 in the UK)

  • Cover up with clothing - wear a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses

  • Apply sunscreen regularly. Use one with at least a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 which has four or five stars. Use generously and reapply regularly

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of CRUK, said: "While some might think that a tan is a sign of good health, there is no such thing as a healthy tan, it's actually your body trying to protect itself from harmful rays."

'Embrace the natural look'

CRUK, which is launching its Own Your Tone campaign, says people can be complacent about risk in the UK.

"Sun safety is not just for when you're going abroad," says health information manager Karis Betts. "The sun can be strong enough