Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service is stopping off at the Eastbourne 999 Show at the weekend to give advice on protecting skin from the sun.
A team will be at the event on the Western Lawns on July 11 and 12 encouraging everyone to stay safe in the sun and raising awareness of how to protect the whole family’s skin against damage.
No appointment is necessary, and anyone is welcome to drop in with concerns or questions about cancer or staying safe in the sun.
Last year, Macmillan research showed that 40 per cent of people in the UK said they burn their skin in the sun on purpose to deepen a tan despite the fact that getting painful sunburn just once every two years can triple the risk of skin cancer.
According to figures released in 2013 by Public Health England, the number of hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment in England has increased by 41 per cent in the past five years. The number of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the UK, the most serious type of skin cancer, has risen to around 35 people being diagnosed every day.
Helene Mitchell, a Macmillan information and support specialist on the team said, “We will be advising people in Eastbourne on the importance of avoiding sun burn and how they can be safe in the sun.
“Whilst those with fair skin are most at risk we want people to understand that everyone needs to protect their skin from harmful rays.
“Children love being active in the sun and adults need to protect them from blistering sunburn that can increase the chances of developing skin cancer in later life.
“We will be offering information and support to let you know how to keep them safe.”
Macmillan advises people to use creams with a high sun protection factor (SPF) – at least 30 for adults and 50 for children.
All the family should wear wearing sun protective clothing including hats and sunglasses and stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day between the hours of 11am and 3pm.
Helene said, “More information and support is available from the team.
“Please come and see us to learn more.”
Unfortunately the team are not able to perform skin or mole checks at their 999 Show stand at the weekend and would advise anyone who notices a change in their skin to visit your GP immediately if you are concerned.
Helene explained people should check their skin.
She said, “If you have any unusual marks on the skin such as a lump or scaly patch that lasts for more than a few weeks, or a mole that has changed in size, shape or colour, or crusts or bleeds, then we would advise you to visit your GP.
“Although it is unlikely to be skin cancer, it is always best to be sure.”
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