Look after your skin in the sun - make sure you protect yourself from the sun's damaging UV rays whilst working outside this summer. 

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Our skin, the body's largest organ is also its first defence against aggressors, including the sun. 

And whilst the sun is undoubtedly beneficial, in terms of general well-being and helping our bodies to produce essential vitamin D, too much sun can cause serious problems - both now and in years to come. 

Over 450 people are diagnosed every day with skin cancer in the UK, with 44 of those being deadly melanoma, and the rate of incidence is rising rapidly. That's why we're encouraging contractors to focus on the importance of sun safety and protecting their skin. 

When it comes to skin cancer, prevention is better than cure, so we want to give roofers the advice they need to stay safe in the sun. 

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 What should I look out for? 

Check out your moles:

  • Has it got bigger or has a new one appeared? 
  • Does it have an irregular outline? 
  • Is it mixed black and brown in colour? 
  • Is the mole bigger than the blunt end of a pencil? 
  • Are the edges inflamed or red? 
  • Is it bleeding, oozing or crusting? 
  • Does it feel different - itchy or painful? 

If the answer is 'yes' to any of the above, visit your GP immediately to get it checked out. 

 

Which Sunscreen?

Make sure that you apply a sunscreen of at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 (for UVB protection) and a star rating of 4 or 5 (for UVA protection) evenly and regularly to all areas of exposed skin - including the face. Using a water-resistant formula will also help provide better protection as it is more able to cope with the effects of sweating. 

Ideally, sunscreen should be applied at least 20 minutes before going outside and then re-applied every two hours. Consistency - in terms of even coverage and regular application is essential. 

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