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8 in 10 Brits don’t apply sunscreen

8th May 2019
Posted by Aston Avery

It’s Sun Awareness Week, and as we head into the summer months, it’s time to start thinking about sun care. While it is widely believed that you can only get burnt when the sun’s out, studies have shown that 90% of UV rays can pass through light cloud. Despite the UK having a cooler climate, it is among the top 20 countries with the highest rate of melanoma per 100,000, placing higher than traditionally hotter countries like Italy.

2018 was officially the joint hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, while temperatures in England beat the previous hottest record of 1976. As our summers are getting warmer, it is more important than ever before that we are aware of sun safety, especially as there were nearly 300,000 new cases of Melanoma diagnosed globally in 2018. In the UK, melanoma skin cancer rates have more than doubled since the 1990s, with 128% more cases in 2015.

Reportedly, 8 in 10 Brits are not applying sunscreen before going out in the sun.

Aston spoke to Karen Edwards, NHS nurse manager. Better known as TravelMadMum, a travel blogger and influencer about as to why 8 in 10 Brit’s are not applying sun screen also about sun awareness week.

Karen Edwards interview with Aston Avery