Sun Care Advice

Exposure to sunshine is the cause of nearly ALL cases of skin cancers. SUNBEDS CAUSE CANCER- don't ever use one.

Different people have different skin types. Some are more prone to burning and sun damage than others. People who have fair skin, blue eyes and fair or red hair are generally more sensitive to the effects of sunshine and need more protection.

Significantly reducing your sun exposure when you have already had one skin cancer halves the risk of a further cancerous skin lesion arising.

Some general advice

In the UK, the sun is less strong than in many other countries and is more harmful during the summer months. It can still burn, and is responsible for lots of skin cancers. Nowadays, during the summer, the weather forecasts on the television will usually give warnings if high levels of solar ultraviolet (strong sunshine) are likely and often advise on the time it will take to get burnt.

The fact that you have been advised to be careful about exposure does not mean that you have to stop going on nice holidays, or avoid going out when it is sunny. Just take sensible precautions to avoid exposure in order to lessen the risk of burning and skin damage. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, you are likely to have many other cells already damaged by the sun, some of which may be in an invisible pre-cancerous state. Further sunshine exposure will risk these transforming into cancer.

Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones, and possibly has a role in the healthy function of many other body systems. It is a good idea to have your Vitamin D levels checked and, if they are low (which will demonstrate good sun care!) you should take extra Vitamin D by mouth. This is available from health food shops and pharmacies and does not need to be prescribed.

In summary: avoid the sun at its hottest and do not burn or try to get a suntan.