Sun Awareness Week

Did you know that this week is Sun Awareness Week (3-9 May). The awareness raising initiative highlights the dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning and discourages people from using sunbeds, in light of the associated risks of skin cancer. It also encourages people to regularly self-examine for signs of skin cancer.

Sun Awareness is the British Association of Dermatologists' (BAD) annual campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer. This campaign is overseen by the BAD’s Skin Cancer Prevention Committee, comprised of leading medical professionals with expertise in skin cancer, vitamin D and public health messaging. No Time to Lose runs the sun awareness week campaign on behalf of BAD.

Worldwide, non-melanoma skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer, with an estimated 2-3 million cases registered every year. In Britain, there are at least 1,500 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and 240 new cases of malignant melanoma linked to solar radiation exposure at work diagnosed each year.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a risk that particularly affects outdoor workers, who receive 5-10 times the yearly sun exposure of indoor workers. The engagement resources can help you communicate important messages on preventing occupational cancer caused by solar radiation exposure within your organisation.

As many of us have stayed at home during the Covid-19 lockdown, it’s important to look at what you eat and consider vitamin D rich foods such as mushrooms, oily fish, and fortified cereals and dairy products. To get your body to create vitamin D, you need to be out safely in the sun daily, and how long for will depend on a few factors, such as your skin colour. Taking vitamin D dietary supplement can be another source of intake.

We’re supporting Sun Awareness Week and encourage everyone to get involved and help raise awareness of solar radiation risks at work in the following ways:

  • Download free resources for use in your organisation

  • Share on social media

  • Read NTTL news release

  • Read research on skin cancer caused by solar radiation

  • Sign up as an NTTL supporter

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