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Sun Safety

Advice for adults and children on sunscreen and sun safety in the UK and abroad.

Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer. Sunburn does not just happen on holiday. You can burn in the UK, even when it's cloudy. 

There's no safe or healthy way to get a tan. A tan does not protect your skin from the sun's harmful effects.

Aim to strike a balance between protecting yourself from the sun and getting enough vitamin D from sunlight.

The advice below from Macmillan, will help make sure that your skin does not burn:

* Protect your face and neck with a wide-brimmed hat.

* Wear sunglasses with a guaranteed ultraviolet (UV) light filter.

* Use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (at least SPF 30). Follow the instructions on the bottle and reapply as recommended, particularly after swimming.

* If you have to apply bite or mosquito repellent cream, apply the sunscreen first, followed by the repellent cream.

* Wear clothing made of cotton or natural fibres. These have a closer weave and offer more protection from the sun.

* Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, usually between 11am and 3pm. Try to sit in the shade, even at other times of the day.

* If you have had radiotherapy, keep the treated area completely covered.


'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital