Living in England cancer caused by exposure to the sun is not thought to be a possible problem – with our month long summer it can be easy to overlook the damages caused by the sun. However, many Brits are unaware that even in the UK you are at risk of cancer from sun exposure.
In the year 2011 over 13,000 people were diagnosed with skin cancer in the UK and anyone can be affected by the illness.
If you have;
- Fair skin, or burn easily
- Red or blonde hair
- Repeated sunburn
- Moles and freckles
- Light coloured eyes
- A family history of skin cancer
You are at an increased risk of developing skin cancer, especially if you don’t protect yourself from the sun. However, everyone is at risk – if you have darker skin it is less likely that you will develop skin cancer due to the melanin pigment in the skin which protects you from the sun’s rays, but it doesn’t mean you cannot develop the disease.
Like the famous song says, it is essential to wear some form of sun cream or sun block especially when you go away on holiday. Many Brits overlook sun exposure when holidaying in the UK, or when enjoying the few sunny days in the garden.
Whilst it might be a little extreme to lather ourselves in sticky, oily creams every day there are many small changes you can make to your routine that can make a huge difference to how your skin is protected.
Many people don’t realise, even a very weak sun can cause great damage when exposed time and time again over many years. In the summer months, especially if you drive, remember to wear long sleeves to keep your forearms protected from burning through the car window as you sit in traffic.
When relaxing in your garden, even just for a cup of tea, cover your shoulders and neck with a light weight scarf or shawl. Many of us burn badly on our shoulders year after year, making them prone to freckles, moles and skin mutations.
Don’t forget your face – invest in some BB cream and a good primer; BB cream and primers often include a low level SPF that will keep your face protected from the harmful rays all year round.
Contact Joseph’s Wigs
If you’re unsure if you’re at risk or want any more advice then get in contact with our team today and we will help.
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