SkinHealth UK reminds brits of the importance of sun protection during heatwave

The UK has been basking in glorious sunshine for the past two weeks just in time for the summer holidays. However, the Great British summer is perhaps not so great when it comes to the risk of skin cancer. Exceptionally powerful sun rays are posing a very real risk to Brits, particularly those not practicing sufficient sun protection.

Mr Per Hall,FRCS(Plast) from SkinHealthUK advises "It is vital to wear sun protection every day, even if you are not out in the sun for very long. Just a 10 minute walk to your car at lunchtime could be enough to damage your skin".

"Those individuals who have experienced burning (pink or red skin) are actually more vulnerable to damage in the future. Those who spend a lot of time outdoors, or are of a certain skin type, are also more at risk".

But it’s not just those individuals who work outdoors who should be thinking about protecting their skin. "Those who work indoors most of the time should also think about sun protection. Putting on a factor 50 under make up, and a 30 on the rest of your skin, particularly bare arms, legs and chest, will help to protect you when you nip out at lunchtime or during the trip to the train station from the office for example" Mr Hall says.

Simple sun protection advice is fairly well known, but not always well practiced. It is always advisable to wear a hat, sunglasses and reapply sun cream every four hours. This is particularly important with children.

Sun damage actually occurs when ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate deep in to the skin and damage cells. These cells are then at risk of becoming cancerous.

There are two types of rays – UVB and UVA. UVB rays cause the skin to burn. UVA rays penetrate more deeply in to the skin and cause ageing in addition to a host of skin disorders.

"It is highly recommended to find a sunscreen that protects against both types. Most people tend to only wear between factor 15 and 20, when really they should be going for between 30 and 50". Mr Hall explains.

Education on skin cancer has improved, yet it is still the most common form of cancer in the UK with rates continuing to rise.

At least 100,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and the disease kills more than 2500 people each year in the UK. So whilst SkinHealth UK encourages people to enjoy the British summer, surely it’s worth just taking a couple of minutes each day to protect you and your family.

About SkinHealth UK

At SkinHealthUK, we know that early detection of skin cancer is crucial and saves lives. This is why we offer state of the art skin cancer screeningin private clinics across the UK for individuals and corporates wishing to offer occupational health screening to their employees.

Our service offers:

Mole screening and skin examination service for early detection of skin cancers

2nd Opinion – a follow up with a dermatologist if abnormalities are detected during screening

One Stop Clinic – A more detailed check where further diagnosis is required and mole removal can take place

Why choose SkinHealth UK?

Backed by a team of specialist nurses and consultants we believe our services offer you the following benefits:

  • Our skin cancer screening service offers early detection and a treatment path that leads to successful treatment outcomes.
  • We provide results from our mole screening service within 5 days so that any issues can be addressed quickly.
  • We use state-of-the-art screening equipment at our clinics including dermoscopy to ensure we provide accurate and reliable results.
  • We can handle the entire treatment process from detection to mole removal so that you don’t have to deal with lots of different healthcare providers.
  • We can provide our services without a GP referral so you can arrange an appointment when it is convenient to you.
  • We are opening new clinics across the UK all the time so that you can find a skin cancer clinic convenient for you.
  • Our service is quick – no long waiting lists and consultations usually take no more than 30 minutes.
  • You can choose to have any abnormalities dealt with by us or can go to the NHS should you prefer.
  • We offer occupational health screening services so that you can implement early detection schemes for your employees.
  • Privacy and confidentiality is ensured throughout the process and SkinHealth UK is regulated by the Care Quality Commission.