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FUN IN THE SUN!!!

July 17, 2003 2:30 PM

As many Glaswegians prepare to fly off for their annual holiday, NHS Greater Glasgow is encouraging holidaymakers to follow a few simple rules to keep them safe in the sun this summer.

The incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers has risen dramatically in the past decade and Glasgow currently has about 70 cases per year.

Whether you're holidaying at home or abroad, shade, clothing, hats and sun-cream provide the best protection for both adults and children. 

Children are especially vulnerable and care should be taken to ensure they are covered up adequately. 

Follow these simple rules and you should enjoy a sun-burnt free holiday:

·        limit your time in the midday sun and use shade wisely; 

·        wear protective clothing;

·        a hat with a wide brim offers good sun protection for your eyes, ears, face and the back of your neck;

·        use a sun-cream with adequate protection for your skin type.

Dr Harry Burns, Director of Public Health, Greater Glasgow NHS Board said "The incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers has been increasing over the past decade.  There are currently about 350 cases a year in Scotland.

"Scottish people tend to be fair skinned and need to take adequate steps to ensure their skin is protected.

"Babies, in particular, need to be covered up.  With both sun-creams and sun protection clothing designed for babies and children there is no need for children to be over-exposed to the sun."

 

For further information telephone 0141 201 4429

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