‘Cover up’ warning as we head into summer
A MACCLESFIELD doctor is urging residents to stay safe as the summer months approach.
Dr Nicholas Craven, a consultant dermatologist at Spire Regency Hospital in Macclesfield, says people are at risk even in cloudy weather.
He said: “I know everyone thinks they look ‘healthier’ with a tan but looks can be deceiving.
“Every year we put out the warnings but every year the skin cancer rates continue to rise.
“When the sun is blasting down people do tend to reach for the sun cream but the danger is when there is cloud cover or a breeze that is making everything appear cooler.
“Clouds reduce the amount of ultraviolet A and B radiation that reaches the earth’s surface and our skin, but don’t stop the damaging rays. Just because you can’t feel the burn doesn’t mean you aren’t burning.”
With Melanoma Awareness Month and Skincare Awareness Week both taking place in May, Dr Craven urged residents to cover up rather than use sun cream.
He said: “High factor sun creams are all well and good but there are times when you really need to cover up – and that means putting a layer of clothing between you and the sunshine.”