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Safe sun

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK and the number of people who develop it is increasing.

The majority of cases are caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun or sunbeds. Sunburn can greatly increase the risk of skin cancer. Don't get caught out - follow these tips to stay safe in the sun.

  • Take care not to burn - remember to put suncream on at least half an hour before you go out and put more on every 2 hours
  • Use a high factor sun-tan lotion that protects against UVA and UVB rays even if you think you have relatively dark skin - factor 30 or above is recommended. No sunscreen - no matter how high the factor - can offer 100 per cent protection. And it will only provide the right amount of protection if it is applied generously and regularly.  Most people don't put on enough suncream - If you are putting suncream on your whole body you need to use around 50 grams, this is a blob about the same size as a golf ball!
  • Cover up - wear a hat, sunglasses and loose clothing. 
  • Try and keep to the shade when the sun is at its peak between 11.00am and 3pm


You should never use a sunbed if you're under 18. Sunbeds are not a safe alternative sun tanning. They give out UV rays that can increase the risk of skin cancer.

The CancerResearch UK website has facts, information and advice on staying safe in the sun.

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