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A third of sunburn cases happen in the UK

It’s easy to think sunburn is only something to worry about if you jet off on holiday to warm countries like Spain and Greece.

However, that simply isn’t the case as the sun can be just as strong here in the UK during the summer months and getting burnt can lead to serious health problems such as skin cancer.

Indeed, a study carried out by Cancer Research UK and Nivea Sun has revealed a significant number of sunburn cases occur within Britain. In a survey of more than 4,000 adults it found over a third (37 per cent) were in the UK the last time they were burnt.

A third of sunburn cases happen in the UK

It’s not just sunbathers who are at risk, as ten per cent of people said they were burned when taking part in an outdoor activity, while 11 per cent were caught relaxing their garden or a park and five per cent when doing the same on the beach.

Yinka Ebo, Cancer Research UK senior health information officer, commented: “As our survey shows, it’s easy to get sunburnt in the UK even if you’re not actively sunbathing – so remember to look after your skin and enjoy the sun safely.”

The organisation’s research also found just 16 per cent of adults regularly reapply sunscreen throughout the day when the sun is shining strongly, while only 20 per cent always cover their skin with items like long-sleeved clothes and a hat. This suggests an alarming number of people are putting themselves at risk of sunburn, which is very dangerous.

“Not only can this [sunburn] cause premature ageing and wrinkles, but it also increases the risk of skin cancer,” Ms Ebo stated.

An ideal way to stay safe in the sun is by installing a shade sail, these attractive canopies are manufactured with sun protection in mind and can block up to 98.8 per cent of harmful UV rays.

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