Take care in the sun, warns cancer expert

Suzanne Hinchliffe from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is urging people to stay safe in the sun
Suzanne Hinchliffe from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is urging people to stay safe in the sun

A SKIN cancer expert is urging people to stay safe in the sun this summer.

Suzanne Hinchcliffe, who is the clinical specialist nurse for the condition at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, says people need to be sensible when it is sunny.

She is backing a Cancer Research UK campaign aimed at keeping children safe in the sun but says older people must be aware of the dangers too.

Suzanne, who has been a nurse for 28 years and in dermatology for 18 years, said: “We all love the sun and it makes us feel better but it is also about being sensible and taking precautions when we are in it.

“Applying sun cream and blockers help protect against harmful sun rays.

“A tan is caused by sun rays damaging the skin cells. If people want a tan they should apply the tanning creams or sprays as a safe alternative.

“When I see little children with red, sunburned skin it makes me very upset indeed.”

She advises people to use sun cream with a factor of at least 30 and products with have a four or five star rating for protecting against UVA and UVB rays.

She also says people should re-apply creams every two to three hours, and avoid prolonged sun exposure between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its peak. Advice also includes wearing a hat with a brim rather than a peak to protect ears, nose and neck, and wear long sleeves and trousers

She added anyone with concerns about new skin moles or skin moles which have changed should visit their GP.