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Brits ‘need to be careful in the sun’

People in the UK love a bit of sunshine and because they are so used to dreary weather, the majority of Brits don’t hesitate to strip off and make the most of a good day.

However, while lying on a beach or having a water balloon fight with your friends can seem like a great way to spend your day, there is a serious side to the sun. And, if individuals don’t respect it, their health is in danger.

Dr Dawn Harper, one of the doctors on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, said sun protection is an issue that needs to be taken seriously. Indeed, she visited the south Yorkshire city of Sheffield to bring this message home.

A recent survey found 60 per cent of residents in the city use out-of-date sun cream, while 55 per cent don’t apply lotion often enough when they are outside.

“Brits need to take sun protection seriously. Malignant melanoma is the fastest rising common cancer in the UK and is particularly high in younger people. Shockingly, allowing your child to play in the sun unprotected for just ten minutes is a much higher risk than allowing them to smoke a cigarette,” Dr Harper stated.

Because of this, the expert is encouraging people to “stay safe and slap on a capful” if they do plan to lie in the sun. Indeed, she remarked the regular use of sunscreen up until 18 years of age reduces the lifetime risk of non-melanoma skin cancers by 80 per cent.

Of course, there are other ways for people to stay protected. For example, they could have a bespoke shade structure created for their garden, which means they could still enjoy the sunshine while also staying safe.

These stylish and contemporary designs will brighten up a space and can cover almost anything – such as a small garden patio, an outdoor seating area or a swimming pool.

To find out more information about custom made shade sails, check out Shaded Nation’s website.


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