Hull North Diana Johnson MP had her skin checked at a special Molewatch clinic organised by Cancer Research UK yesterday (29th June) and backed the campaign for sun safety. The clinic, staffed by dermatologists and specialist skin cancer nurses, was held to promote skin cancer awareness and the importance of SunSmart behaviour this summer. Diana Johnson said: “With summer upon us we all need to remember the importance of staying safe in the sun. The shocking fact is that sunburn can double your risk of skin cancer. It is important to avoid getting sunburnt. “Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. By following the simple SunSmart messages you can protect yourself and your family in the sun.” Recent research has shown that the number of young people developing malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is increasing. This year the SunSmart campaign is focusing on informing young people about the dangers of sunburn through distributing information postcards, a new web based game, and school activities. SunSmart manager Jo Viner Smith says “We know that young people go to beach resorts to holiday in the sun but they could significantly increase their risk of skin cancer by ignoring sun safety advice. Our message is simple: find shade from the summer sun between 11-3, cover up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses, and take care not to burn. It could save you from painful sunburn ruining your holiday, as well as your life.”
To find out more about skin cancer and how to protect yourself in the sun, visit www.sunsmart.org.uk or call Cancer Research UK’s cancer information nurses on 020 7061 8355. If you are concerned about any moles or patches of skin you should book an appointment with your GP immediately.