Wellies save Archers women from cancer
WOMEN in The Archers avoid getting skin cancer thanks to “the welly protection factor”, dermatologists have concluded.
The incidence of melanomas among the “at risk” farming folk of Ambridge is so low that doctors decided to investigate the anomaly.
They found a plausible explanation for the low incidence of skin cancer among women. In real life, 38 per cent of skin cancers in women are on the lower leg. But the study led by Dr Tanya Bleiker, the clinical vice-president of the British Association of Dermatologists, found that female characters in The Archers are protected by their clothing.
Shula Hebden Lloyd lives in her jodhpurs, Jill Archer has her beekeeper’s suit, and Ruth and Pip Archer are rarely without their Wellington boots. “We’re dubbing this ‘the welly protection factor’,” the study concluded.