Summer is rapidly creeping up on us and even through the warm days of spring we should be thinking seriously about our sun protection habits and making sure our children learn the importance of protecting their skin from the harmful UV rays the sun generates.
At McIndoe Surgical Centre in East Grinstead we take sun protection very seriously and nothing is more convincing of its importance than seeing people whose lives have been altered dramatically due to skin cancer and melanoma.
So, once again this year we are hosting a Free Mole Check Day, which has proved to be so popular all the appointments have been filled. However if you are worried about your moles please visit your GP to have them checked or make an appointment with us for a private consultation. Events like this one help raise awareness in the general public but we continually remind everyone to follow the simple steps below – it could well save your life!
- Sun awareness is vital and really does have an effect.
- Avoid the midday sun (between 11am and 3pm).
- Apply liberal amounts of sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30+.
- Wear a hat, loose clothes (tightly woven) and sunglasses.
- The face and neck are the areas most commonly affected by sun damage, so be sure to apply sunscreen to lips, ears, around eyes, neck and scalp if your hair is thinning.
Remember Slip, Slop, Slap and Now Wrap!
- Slip on a T-Shirt and other clothing
- Slop on the sun cream (remember areas such as ears and neck)
- Slap on a hat – the kind with a neck flap are great for kids
- Wrap on a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes
For further information please visit www.mcindoesurgical.co.uk