Cover Up Mate and reduce your risk of skin cancer
19 July 2017 – As part of the national Cover Up Mate campaign Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging men who spend long periods of time outdoors cover up and to protect themselves from the sun.
The number of people being diagnosed with skin cancer is increasing and men are being targeted as they are less likely to slap on the sun cream and don’t realise the harm they are doing to their skin.
Skin cancer rates in the South West are higher than average and figures released by Public Health England show that between 2005 and 2014, deaths related to skin cancer increased by 22 percent in men, but there was no increase in deaths among women.
Top sun safe tips include:
- Use at least factor 15 sunscreen with 4 stars and use plenty of it
- Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin – don’t forget your neck and ears and your head if you have thinning or no hair
- Wear sunglasses and a hat
- Get to know your skin and check on a monthly basis to detect any change in the colour or size of moles. If you are concerned that a mole is changing you should see your GP in the first instance. The sooner a cancerous mole is discovered the better the chance of successful treatment.