Use sunscreen this summer to minimise risk of skin cancer

28 May 2013

With spring bank holiday behind us and summer just around the corner, Britons should make skin care a priority. Currently, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, with nearly 13,000 new cases reported every year, according to statistics provided by Cancer Research UK. Over half of skin cancer diagnoses are made before patients reach the age of 50.

To buck the trend, young adults should take preventative measures. Sunscreen that offers protection against UVA and UVB rays is essential, even for office workers who work long hours. To block out UVB rays, SPF 15 or higher is necessary.

If you nip out for lunch between 11.00 BST and 15.00 BST, bear in mind that your skin could be exposed to UV damage. Even in cloudy weather, you are exposed to harmful UV rays.

To combat this, apply just under a teaspoon of sunscreen on each arm, along with your face and neck. Double the amount for each leg, for your midriff and your back. Reapply lotion every few hours to get maximum protection. Make sure your sunscreen is less than two years old, otherwise it will be ineffective.

If you are concerned about developing skin cancer, consult your GP or dermatologist to assess your risk. Should you develop it, treatment is available through Spire Healthcare, where a skin excision of malignant lesions may be performed.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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