Sunbath health risks.

Published on: 7 Aug 2007
by Fileo

The charity Cancer Research UK polled almost 400 sun worshippers and found 90% were aware of the health risks. And 40% thought burning their skin was simply an inevitable part of the tanning process. The charity warns that getting badly sunburned doubles the risk of developing skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, with number of cases increasing year on year. More than 75,000 new cases of skin cancer are registered each year in the UK, and more than 1,800 people die from malignant melanoma annually.
To minimise the risk:
Spend time in the shade between 11:00 and 15:00.
Make sure you never burn
Aim to cover up with a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses
Use factor 15+ sunscreen generously and regularly
Report mole changes or unusual skin growths promptly to your doctor

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