‘Cover up’ warn­ing as we head into summer

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

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.”

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