Cancer Research UK has released data that suggests more than a quarter of young people will spend at least an hour at a time in strong sun before protecting their skin.
The effects of this can, according to the charity’s senior health information officer, Yinka Ebo, damage skin cells and lead to premature ageing and an increased risk of skin cancer.
Ms Ebo’s message was reiterated by Dr Simon Reid authorising Medical officer at The Skin Clinic based at The Dental Spa on Shrewsbury’s Oxon Business Park.
“Almost every week I read in the medical journals about the dangers of the sun and the fact that so many people are still failing to heed warnings about the dangers of it,” he says.
“And it’s not just the sun that people need to worry about; just recently it was announced that researchers have again called for tighter regulations around the use of sunbeds, after a study linked them to an increased risk of non-melanoma skin cancer as well as the worst type malignant melanoma skin cancers.”
“Skin is our business and therefore I regularly see first-hand, how much damage the sun can do to skin. I cannot stress too highly the need for sun protection, even if you are just going to be in the sun for half an hour. And how important it is to have moles checked on a regular basis."
For more information or to check the health of your skin, please call The Skin Clinic on 01743 493074.
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