SKIN

Triathlon Plus - - Tri Health -

Skin can­cer is the most com­mon form of can­cer in the UK, ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tish Skin Foun­da­tion. And rates con­tinue to rise.

At least 100,000 new cases are di­ag­nosed each year, and it kills more than 2,500 peo­ple a year in the UK – that's seven peo­ple a day.

Ath­letes who train and race out­doors are at par­tic­u­lar risk, say ex­perts. A study (UV Light and Skin Can­cer in Ath­letes) dur­ing one Iron­man World Cham­pi­onships in Hawaii showed the aver­age UV ex­po­sure of three triath­letes was about 20 stan­dard ery­thema (or sun­burn) doses.

But the Bri­tish sun can be just as dam­ag­ing. Many tri suits now of­fer high-tech UV pro­tec­tion like "cold­black" tech­nol­ogy that also re­flects heat from dark fab­rics. Sun cream will only work ef­fec­tively if it’s ap­plied prop­erly, while al­co­hol based for­mu­la­tions will pre­vent vi­sion prob­lems and eye-sting.

For long train­ing ses­sions and races, it’s a good idea to opt for a once-a-day ap­pli­ca­tion that is wa­ter re­sis­tant and of­fers 10 hours of sun pro­tec­tion, like P20 (of­fi­cial part­ner of Bri­tish Triathlon).

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