Wel­lies save Archers women from can­cer

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Anita Singh ARTS AND EN­TER­TAIN­MENT ED­I­TOR

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.

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