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13th August 2019

Why do I need to wear sunscreen every day in the UK?

Australia may be famous for its outdoor lifestyle, but it also leads the world in another, more unenviable, statistic – skin cancer[1].

The sun in Australia is one of the harshest in the world and Australians are understandably serious about protecting themselves and their families from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Whilst the UK may not see as much sunshine as Australia, UK deaths from melanoma have increased by 156% since the early 1970s[1], so skin cancer is still a very real risk.

You can help reduce your chances of developing the disease by applying sunscreen regularly on a daily basis, and throughout the whole year. Minimise your sun exposure by covering up and seeking shade.

There are a lot of survey results, including our most recent survey[2], that indicate the majority of people still aren’t heeding the warning, even though they are even more educated than ever on the damage UV can cause to the skin.

We work closely with health professionals, organisations and charities in the UK to continue to encourage people to make a change now and use sunscreen daily to help prevent skin cancers later in life.

Every change we do today to reduce UV getting to our skin will reduce the risk of sun damage later in life. It is never too late to reduce sun exposure.

 

References

[1] Cancer Research UK. Skin cancer incidence statistics [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2017 Mar 20]. Available from: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/skin-cancer/mortality

[2] SunSense End of Summer Survey 2018

 

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