Despite the lack of sunshine Scotland has seen so far this summer, it is important to be sensible when the sun does appear. Skin cancer kills more than 2000 people every year, and it doesn’t need to be hot for you to be at risk.
Sunshine is an important source of vitamin D, but we do still need to protect our skin. Sun burn causes damage to the skin cells – both the top layer and the lower epithelia – and this damage can make cells more likely to become cancerous. This is especially damaging to young children – even one incident of bad sunburn before the age of 20 can double your chance of malignant melanoma.
To protect your and your children’s skin, stay SMART this summer:
Shade – stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when the sun it at its hottest
Make sure you don’t burn
Aim to cover up with a hat, t-shirt and sunglasses
Remember to take extra care with children
Then use factor 15+ sunscreen
Its equally important to protect your eyes from direct sunlight, as this can damage them and can increase your risk of cataracts. Always wear sunglasses that have either:
- the CE Mark and British Standard (BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013)
- a UV 400 label
- a statement that the sunglasses offer 100% UV protection