sunbathers given skin cancer warning by council
the heatwave showing no end in sight, Burnham-On-Sea's sun-worshippers
have this week been asked to help improve Somerset's skin cancer
of malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, are
45 per cent higher in Somerset than the average for the rest of
England, according to new figures.
County Councils Public Health team is urging sunbathers
to make themselves aware of the dangers and take steps to reduce
Ulrike Harrower, Consultant in Public Health at Somerset County
Council, said: "In weather like this most of us want to get
outside and make the most of it. A few simple steps can help you
enjoy the sun while avoiding sunburn and the dangers that come
a painful sunburn just once every two years can triple your risk
of developing melanoma. Most people dont get sunburnt when
theyre sunbathing, its when theyre out doing
other things like sport or gardening so dont get
for malignant melanoma come from 2008-2010. During that period
nearly 500 people in Somerset developed the most deadly form of
skin cancer, ranking Somerset 8th highest out of 151 Primary Care
Burnham-On-Sea residents have also this week been urged to keep
an eye out for elderly or frail people who may be struggling to
cope in the heatwave.
County Council is asking neighbours, friends and relatives to
keep an eye out for anyone who may need help maintaining their
health as the temperatures soar.
County Council's health and well-being cabinet member Christine
Lawrence, said: "Intense heat can be as perilous to health
as the cold, with the effects of dehydration or heatstroke being
severe and the symptoms often coming on very quickly."
sure someone is keeping their home cool, drinking plenty of water
and not having to do any strenuous activity in the heat will go
a long way to keeping them healthy."