Reasons why you need to wear Sun ProtectionPosted on 8th July 2019

Melanoma skin cancer is the 5th most common cancer overall in the UK. From 2014-2016 there were around 16,000 cases of melanoma skin cancer in the UK alone. This resulted in over 2000 deaths, with 86% of the skin cancer cases being preventable!

 

In the UK there is common misconception that the weather is never sunny enough to impose a risk to the general public, especially outdoor workers. However, up to 80% of dangerous UV rays still get through heavy cloud, and the strength of solar radiation is not connected to temperature.

 

So how can wearing sun protection help?

 

One of the main benefits to wearing sunscreen is the ability to protect your skin against the sun’s broad spectrum of harmful UV rays. Sunscreen minimizes the penetration of UV rays into the skin and the triggering of a variety of skin disorders. Even the mildest of sunburns can have damaging effects so it is important to protect your skin.

 

Fortunately, sunscreen is very effective in reducing the risk of developing a variety of skin cancers, especially melanoma. This type of skin cancer is known to be extremely aggressive and can be life-threatening for many people, especially outdoor workers. However, you must apply sunscreen (ideally, SPF 30+), daily to see the cumulative protection over the days and months.

 

You cannot safeguard yourself from the sun by wearing something with full-sleeves! Do you know that a cotton item of clothing, particularly when damp, offers zero protection from the harmful rays of the sun? So, you must make sure you apply a generous amount of sunscreen underneath your clothing as well.

 

Who is most at risk?

 

According to the NHS, you should take extra care in the sun if you:

 

  • - have pale, white or light brown skin
  • - have freckles or red or fair hair
  • - tend to burn rather than tan
  • - have many moles
  • - have skin problems relating to a medical condition
  • - are only exposed to intense sun occasionally (for example, while on holiday)
  • - are in a hot country where the sun is particularly intense
  • - have a family history of skin cancer

 

People who spend a lot of time in the sun, whether it's for work or play, are at increased risk of skin cancer if they do not take the right precautions.

 

People with naturally brown or black skin are less likely to get skin cancer, as darker skin has some protection against UV rays. But skin cancer can still occur.

 

Where can I get sunscreen?

 

 

You can buy sunscreen from most places but we sell 150ml tubes of sunscreen in SPF 30 and SPF 50, so when you’re placing your next order with us why not add a tube to have on hand?

 

For more information on our sunscreen or any of our other products please contact us on sales@pksafetyuk.com, all our enquiries are answered within 24 hours.

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