Sun Awareness Week 2021

Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th May 2021

Sun Awareness Week 2021 - Stay Safe in the Sun

Image Credit: Jeremy Bishop

For most of us, there is nothing quite as nice as getting out in the sunshine – I know that I feel better when the sun comes out, and I love the feeling of the sun on my face. However I also have very fair skin, burn really easily and my kids have both inherited my delicate skin and my husband’s classic pale Irish complexion!

So sun protection has always been a really important issue for me.

Sun Awareness Week 2021

Sunshine is not all bad – it helps the body produce vitamin D which is important for helping your kid’s bones to grow and stay strong, as well as helping to prevent osteoporosis later in life. I am so please to see that once again it is Sun Awareness Week in the UK. While sunburn may be unpleasant and uncomfortable, it can also lead to skin cancer.

Sun Awareness week is held each May in the UK.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and rates have been climbing since the 1960s. Sun damage which starts in childhood can lead to skin cancer later in life.

Sun Awareness Week is supported by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) and the British Skin Foundation (BSF) and aims to get the message out about skin protection to prevent skin cancer happening.

For starters, here are BAD's tips for protecting yourself in the sun.

Sun Protection Tips

  1. Spend time in the shade during the sunniest part of the day when the sun is at its strongest, which is usually between 11am and 3pm in the summer months
  2. Avoid direct sun exposure for babies and very young children.
  3. When it is not possible to stay out of the sun, keeping yourself well covered, with a hat, T-shirt, and sunglasses can give you additional protection. You can buy specialist children's sun protection clothing as well.

  4. Apply sunscreen liberally to exposed areas of skin. Re-apply every two hours and straight after swimming or towelling in order to maintain protection.

So there you have it – keep covered up, stay out of the sun at the hottest time of day and don’t be stingy with the sun cream!

Sun Safety Colouring Picture

Stay Safe in the Sun - Sun Safety Colouring Picture - Free printable

Checking for Skin Cancer

OK, this is the bit you don’t want to think about, but here are the BAD’s recommendations on how to spot if you might have skin cancer.

The following ABCD-Easy rules show you the skin changes that might indicate a 'melanoma', which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Get The App

UV – Ultra Violet is the stuff that causes sunburn. The more the UV that your skin is exposed to, the more the danger of sunburn.

There are lots of apps available from Play Store for Android or Apple Store for iOS to tell you the UV levels predicted in your area. Many are available free of charge and can advise of the current UV index near you.

More Information About Sun Safety

If you want to find out more about sun protection for your kids and you, here are some really good resources:

Now you can go ahead and enjoy your summer without sunburn. Stay safe in the sun.

Sun Safety Infographic - The Six Rules of Sun Safety




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