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Football star backs sun safety campaign

Fans of Brighton and Hove Albion will see a familiar face fronting a new sun safety campaign in Sussex this week.

Striker Craig Mackail-Smith has lent his support to the Stay Safe project, which aims to make people aware of the dangers of being exposed to the sun without taking the necessary precautions, local newspaper the Argus reports.

This message is particularly important in light of the recent hot weather, as many Brits across Sussex and the whole UK are likely to have put themselves at risk of contracting skin cancer by not protecting against the sun’s rays.

Mackail-Smith told the newspaper: “We are just asking people to remember a few simple things to protect their skin whilst they are out enjoying the sun.

“Using a high factor sun cream, remembering to spend some time in the shade and wearing a hat and clothing can all help protect your skin from the sun and reduce your chances of getting skin cancer.”

Mackail-Smith joined Brighton from Peterborough United in 2011 and scored 11 goals last season as the Seagulls came close to gaining promotion to the Premier League.

The Stay Safe scheme has been launched by Albion Community – which is a charity run by the football club – and is being developed in conjunction with the NHS in Brighton.

It will be handing out sun safety postcards, which contain tips on how to stay protected, as well as giving out free sun cream at a number of outdoor events in the city, including Sussex cricket matches and the Pride festival.

Bhav Shergill, a consultant dermatologist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, told the Argus people should ensure they regularly check their skin for any changes and to pay particular attention to moles, as they can indicate the development of cancer.

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