UV, the sun and skin cancer
Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or sunbeds is the main cause of skin cancer.
Who is most at risk of skin cancer?
Anyone can develop skin cancer, but some people are more likely to get the disease than others. These people tend to have one or more of the following:
Fair skin that burns easily in strong sun
Lots of moles or freckles
Red or fair hair
A personal or family history of skin cancer
A history of sunburn.
How to enjoy the sun safely
The best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from sunburn is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen. When the sun is strong or you’re at risk of burning:
Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.
Wear a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses.
Use a sunscreen with at least factor 15 and a high star rating. Use it generously and reapply regularly, after sweating and swimming.
Why do outdoor workers need sun protection?
If you work outdoors, your skin is regularly exposed to the damaging effects of the sun over a long period of time, so it’s important for fair-skinned outdoor workers to take steps to protect themselves.
When do I need to protect myself?
Skin type + UV index
The UV index is a useful tool that tells us how strong the sun’s UV rays are and when we might be at risk of burning. The higher the value, the greater the risk of sunburn and the less time it takes to damage your skin.
The UV index varies depending on where you are in the world, the time of year, the weather, the time of day and how high up you are compared to sea level. The UV index is not always highest when it’s hottest.
By knowing your skin type and using the UV index, you can work out when you need to protect yourself from the sun.
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