SkinHealth UK reminds Brits of the importance of sun protection during the summer

Mr Per Hall, FRCS(Plast) of SkinHealthUK explains: “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 only 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, for example, or during the trip to the train station from the office.” Simple sun protection advice is fairly well known, but not always well practiced. It is advisable to wear a hat, sunglasses and reapply sun cream every four hours – and 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,” explains Mr Hall. “Most people also rend to only wear between factor 15 and 20, when in fact they should be going for between 30 and 50.” Education on skin cancer has improved, yet it is still the most common form of cancer in the UK with rates continuing to rise. There are two broad categories of skin cancer: melanoma – the most dangerous form of the disease – and non-melanoma. Over 99,500 people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer in the UK each year. Approximately 13,300 people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma, making it the fifth most widespread cancer. It is also the second most common cancer in young adults (aged 15-34) with 2,100 people dying from the disease each year.

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 screening in 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