Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, and it’s a growing problem.
Don’t let sunburn catch you out. Know your skin type and protect yourself from the sun.
Babies and children need extra protection from the sun because their skin is delicate and easily damaged. You will not see the damage immediately because skin cancer can take years to develop. But children who are exposed to too much sun now are storing up problems for the future. Sunburn during childhood can dramatically increase the risk of skin cancer later on in life.
Please remember the sunshine can be strong at this time of year.
- Take care not to let children burn.
- Make sure children cover up with loose fitting clothing and they wear suitable sun hats and sunglasses.
- Children should stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm.
- Use a high factor sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15+* making sure the child is not allergic to the sunscreen.
- Encourage children to drink plenty of water.
- Encourage parents/carers to seek advice from a health professional if they notice any unusual changes to the skin.
Don’t forget, it’s illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to use a sunbed.
- Sunbeds are not an alternative to outdoor tanning.
- Like the sun, sunbeds give out harmful UV rays and can cause skin cancer.
- Using a sunbed once a month or more can increase your risk of skin cancer by more than half.
- When the sunbed tan fades, the damage remains.
- Sunbeds cause premature ageing, meaning your skin becomes coarse, leathery and wrinkly at a younger age.
Some links for further advice and information:
- Sun Safe Schools
- Sun Safe Nurseries
- NHS Choices – for more information about sunscreens and SPF
- Cancer Research UK
- Advice and Information about Sun beds – CRUK
*As recommended by the NHS www.nhs.uk