The sun may have been a rare sight so far this summer but when it does appear sun-worshippers still need to be aware of the risks, protect themselves against skin cancer and know what to do if they have any suspicions that they may have a malignant melanoma.
That’s where Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile information team can help – and the information bus will be back inNewarkand visiting Kirkby-in-Ashfield andArnoldover the next few days, starting with a session in Newark Market Place on Monday from 9.30am to 3.30pm.
The team, on board the bright green bus welcome anyone with a question or concern about cancer, no matter how small, to step on board for a confidential chat, or just to pick up some information leaflets.
In 2011, more than 26,000 people visited the team’s two buses, which cover the North of England theEast Midlands. The buses visit towns, cities, events, universities, workplaces and community venues.
Over the past thirty yearsBritainhas seen a huge rise in the amount of malignant melanomas, rising much faster than any of the top ten cancers in both males and females. As more than 11,700 people in theUKare diagnosed each year, Macmillan are raising awareness of sun safety.
Debbie Smith, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Specialists said “With all the rain we’ve had over the last few weeks you probably think that sun awareness is the last thing you need to worry about. But did you know that you can still burn on an overcast day? Therefore it is important to remember the five ways to stay safe in the lovely British Summer!” Debbie advises that you should:
1. Apply Sunscreen. A waterproof Factor 30+ with 4 star UVA rating should be generously applied every 2 hrs.
2. Wear a wide brimmed sunhat that shades your neck, face and ears.
3. Stay in the shade between 11am-3pm.
4. Cover up. Wear a T shirt to cover shoulders which burn easily.
5. Wear sunglasses. Ideally wrap around sunglasses with UV protection to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays.
“Remember that the sun damage received before the age of 30, when the skin is more sensitive, is most dangerous. So it is really important to make sure your kids know and practice sun safety. Enjoy your summer safely.”
Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile information team will be out and about in Nottinghamshire at the following locations during August:
|Newark||Market Place,Newark||NG24 1EG||9.30am-3.30pm|
|Morrisons Supermarket||Ashfield Precinct, Kirkby-in-Ashfield||NG17 7BQ||9.30am-3.30pm|
|Eagle Square,||Arnold||NG5 7EL||10am-3pm|
If you would like cancer information and advice, but cannot visit the mobile, call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 0000 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm).
- Pic: (l to r) Helen Tuvey (Lead Information Specialist), Andrew Rodgers (Facilities Officer) and Michelle Jacklin (Information Specialist), with the Macmillan Mobile Information Bus