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Here Comes the Sun

We love the sun - perhaps because we don’t see enough of it. But how many of us are sun safe? Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK and we're on a mission to change that.

Throughout the summer, we’ll be swapping ice cream for suncream and dishing it out (along with advice and info) in a community near you. You can also find out more at our participating charity shops. Pop along to take our sun safety quiz or pick up your free sample of sun cream.

Skin cancer facts

There are two different types of skin cancer, known as non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and malignant melanoma. 72,000 cases of NMSC and 14,500 malignant melanomas were diagnosed in the UK in 2015 which is 40 people every day.

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and successful treatment can depend on early detection.

  • Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK and is linked to overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.
  • Skin cancer rates have doubled in the last 10 years and melanoma is now the second most common cancer in 15 - 34 year olds.
  • Every time you get sunburnt you triple your risk of developing skin cancer.
  • The rate of melanoma has quadrupled in the last 40 years.
  • 86% of skin cancers are preventable.

Find out more about the different types of skin cancer and what to look for, by downloading our Here Comes the Sun resources. (Available in English and Welsh)

Tanning beds

In 2015 our campaign focussed on raising awareness of the dangers of using tanning beds as using them increases your risk of skin cancer by 60%. During the campaign, we spoke to more than 2,200 people about sun safety and found that around 10% used tanning beds. We followed up a number of the people who responded and found that those living in poorer areas use tanning beds more frequently than those in more affluent areas.

The study also showed that those living in poorer areas travel shorter distances to use a tanning bed. So this year we are going to work even harder to raise the awareness of how to prevent skin cancer and be safe in the sun. For more information on tanning beds click here.

Using sun cream properly

This year, we're focusing on using sun cream correctly - and using enough of it. Most of us only use 25% - 50% of the recommended amount, which isn't enough to avoid getting burnt. It's important to apply enough, otherwise you won't get the SPF protection you expect. 

Find out more about using sun cream correctly as well as some sun cream facts and fiction!