Stay safe in the sun as the weather looks to improve

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With the weather showing some promise of summer at last local people are reminded to look after their skin.

Whether you are staying at home this summer or jetting off to sunnier climes, it is important to look after your skin.

NHS Tayside Consultant Dermatologist Dr Colin Fleming, said: “Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK but most cases could be prevented. The number of people getting skin cancer is rising each year at an alarming rate and it is predicted to rise faster than any other cancer in Scotland over the next 15 years.

“In Tayside, around 170 patients are affected with malignant melanomas each year and 20-30% of these patients will die from the disease. There are also a further 2,000 non-malignant skin cancers removed in Tayside every year.

“Research has found that six out of 10 men and four out of 10 women never use sunscreen or cover-up during sunny periods in the UK. The sun doesn’t need to feel hot to damage your skin and it can be just as damaging here as it is abroad.

“With the school holidays underway, those looking after children should remember that young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun. All children, no matter whether they tan easily or not, should be protected from the sun. Young people are more vulnerable to the effects of sunlight and if children get burnt, it increases the risk of skin cancer later in life.”