Sun safety this summer

30 April 2018

Skin cancer is the commonest form of cancer in the UK, and rates continue to rise having doubled since the early 1990’s. With the summer approaching Dr James Halpern Consultant Dermatologist at Little Aston Hospital gives his top tips for keeping adults and children safe in the sun.

  1. Sunlight is strongest between 11am and 3pm, it is best to avoid playing or swimming in direct sunlight during this time. In Australia they have a saying “Between eleven and three, hide under a tree!”
  2. When on holiday use high factor sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of at least 30 and a four star UVA rating.
  3. Sunscreen should be applied 30 mins before going out in the sun and reapplied every two hours.
  4. Sensible clothing offers some of the best sun protection and is more effective than sunscreen.
  5. Always wear a hat in the sun, ideally with a wide brim to protect the neck and ears.
  6. Use sunglasses with certified UV protection to protect your eyes.
  7. It is especially important to protect children from the sun as they are more susceptible to sun damage than adults.
  8. Children under six months of age should avoid direct sun exposure altogether.
  9. Try and limit time in the sun to an hour with breaks in the shade.
  10. Don’t rely on a suntan to protect you from sun damage, it won’t. Using sunbeds to top-up a tan before going on holiday is especially dangerous.

Dr Halpern is hosting a dermatology patient event on Thursday 24 May, if you're interested in attending then call 0121 580 7119 or email 

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