Be Sun Safe this summer

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Skin type

Not everyone’s skin has the same amount of protection in the sun. It is important to know your skin and take appropriate action to protect it.

Are you at risk?

Some of us are at more a risk to developing skin cancer than others. One or more of the following can put you at an increased risk:

  • pale skin or you burn easily
  • moles and freckles
  • red or fair hair
  • family history of skin cancer
  • history of sunburn.

Our top tips

  • Slip on protective clothing
  • Slop on SPF 30+ sunscreen
  • Slap on a hat
  • Seek shade
  • Slide on some sunglasses.

Our bodies are extra sensitive to the sun after winter, meaning we are more likely to burn A sunscreen with at least SPF 15 is a good place to start but also remember to:

  • stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm
  • make sure you never burn
  • cover up (wear a t-shirt, hat, sunglasses)
  • take extra care with children and babies (young skin is even more delicate)
  • apply factor 15 or higher sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun (it doesn't work immediately!).

The NHS has more information on staying safe in the sun.

The ABCDE - easy way to check moles

Skin cancer can be cured if detected early, so follow these simple rules for checking your skin. And remember if in doubt, check it out.

It is also important to regularly examine your moles and go to your doctor about any changes to your moles or skin. Remember ABCDE:

  • Asymmetry: the two halves of the moles may differ in their shape and not match.
  • Border: the outside edges of the mole may be blurred or look ragged.
  • Colour: may be uneven and patchy, with different shades or new colours appearing.
  • Diameter: if you see a mole or mole-like mark getting bigger tell your doctor.
  • Expert: look out for change and if in doubt get it checked out.