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Skin cancer's on the rise in the UK

1st June 2012

It's that time of year when people are jetting off to warmer parts of the world for some time away from the rat race to rest, recuperate and have a good time. But during times of relaxation people forget to take care of themselves; especially their skin. We're looking to buck that trend. What's important is to look after your skin because of the threat of skin cancer. Most skin cancers develop by the damage that UV (ultraviolet) rays in sunlight cause, but these skin cancers are easily prevented if we just take care of ourselves whilst we are in the sun. In recent years the number of people diagnosed with skin cancer has increased through people going on holiday more and getting tans through artificial means. Statistics from Skin Cancer UK show that in 2009 in the UK, 11,877 new cases of malignant melanoma were diagnosed and more than 91,100 non-melanoma skin cancers were registered.

At sk:n we adopt a very tight approach to promoting sun tan awareness not only because it's important to be aware that we can't go ahead with procedures directly after clients have been on holiday, but also because being aware of the danger of the power of the sun is vital for everyone's health.

One of the best ways to protect your skin from the sun is to wear a quality SPF sun cream when you are out and about. sk:n have a range of powerful and high quality SPF creams that will protect you and your family from the dangers of the sun this summer.

Director of Medical Services at sk:n, Dr Askari Townshend said: "SPF or sun protection factor is the number given to the multiples of time it takes to burn. So an SPF 15 means that it will take 15 times longer to burn than if you were without protection. But (and it's a big but) this is dependant on your complexion and it only applies to UVB not damaging UVA radiation."

"UVA causes cell damage even on cloudy days and many products are given a UVA rating of between 1 and 5 stars, with 5 offering the best protection. At sk:n we recommend using an SPF 30 with a good UVA rating every day."

If you have any questions or queries about the effects of the sun then feel free to pop into one of our nationwide clinics and talk to one of our helpful team who will be able to point you in the right direction and give you all the information you need to know about protecting you and your family from the sun this year.

0121 641 6000