Should we get public sunscreen dispensers?

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, and too much sun can increase your risk. Each year, around 2,000 people die from the cancer, including malignant melanoma, which is the most serious type of skin cancer.

UV rays are harmful

Though the sun's rays can have you feeling great, and sometimes even looking great, UV rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage cells. These cells are then at risk of becoming cancerous. This is not something you can feel, and can even occur when the sun doesn't feel hot.

Getting sunburnt causes the top layers of skin to release chemicals that make blood vessels swell and leak fluids. While sunburn is dangerous at any age, those below the age of 20 are more vulnerable as experts have suggested that just one episode of blistering sunburn can double their chance of developing malignant melanoma.

Sunscreen is needed

Recently, Mt. Lebanon Park in the US installed a public sunscreen dispenser, which only cost $40. Sunscreen acts like a very thin protective layer that stops the UV photons before they can reach the skin and inflict damage. It contains organic sunscreen molecules that absorb UV and inorganic pigments that absorb, scatter and reflect UV.

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Getting public sunscreen dispensers fitted in parks around London or throughout the UK is a fantastic opportunity to increase the use of sunscreen amongst members of the public. It's also a good chance to inform everyone about the dangers of sun exposure.

At sk:n Clinics we recommend sunscreen with SPF of at least 40. Have a look at our high protection sprays to make sure you stay safe in the sun.

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