Eight out of ten of us are not applying sunscreen properly before going out in the sun.
This is the finding of a survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) to mark Sun Awareness Week – which starts on May 9th.
BAD recommends we apply sunscreen before going into the sun and then again shortly after. This means we will have less chance of missing spots and will apply a thick enough layer to get proper protection.
Plus, we should reapply sunscreen every two hours – but 70 per cent of us are not doing so.
Failing to apply sunscreen properly means that many of us are risking our skin by getting burnt. In fact, the survey revealed that 72 per cent of people admitted they got burnt by the sun last year.
And, with sunburn being the leading cause of skin cancer, this is really bad news.
People with a history of sunburn have more than double the risk of developing melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – compared to those who have never been burnt by the sun.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and rates have been climbing since the 1960s as our love of the sun has grown.
More than 2,000 people die every year of skin cancer in the UK.
FREE skin cancer check
We are offering free skin cancer checks to everyone – you don’t need to be a Medcare patient.
During the check our doctor will examine any moles, marks or lesions to check for signs of skin cancer.
If anything suspicious is found we can do a biopsy and order further investigations.
Are you at risk of skin cancer? Anyone can get skin cancer but some people have a higher risk than others. Read the guide above to find out how great your risk is. Click on the image to view better. To download the full guide from BAD click here…
Because early diagnosis saves lives, it is important to regularly examine your skin for signs of skin cancer. Follow the seven-point guide below from BAD to ensure you give yourself a thorough check. Any changes to moles, or lesions or other suspicious marks should be examined by your doctor. We have also added the BAD guide to melanoma, as this is the most serious form of skin cancer.
For more information on skin cancer from BAD download the full guide here…
Terms & conditions
Only one free skin cancer check per person
Appointments must be booked during special screening times