Who is most at risk of skin cancer?
Melanoma skin cancer is the most common cancer amongst 15-34 year olds but your risk increases with age as you spend more time in the sun over your lifetime.
Reducing your risk
Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer so don’t get caught out, whether you are outside at home or abroad, use at least factor 15 sun cream applied generously to all exposed skin and reapply at regular intervals. Use clothes and hats to cover up and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Take advantage of natural shade or create your own and stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, between 11am and 3pm. Babies, children and people with fair skin should take particular care in the sun and use a higher factor sun cream to reduce their chance of getting sunburnt.
Catching cancer early
As with all cancers, the earlier it is detected the better chance of successful treatment. Make sure you know what your skin normally looks like and speak to your doctor if you notice any changes in the size, shape or colour of a mole or area of skin, particularly if you have a history of skin cancer, have previously had sunburn or are fair-skinned.