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MediCare Supporting Sun Awareness


Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Northern Ireland. Around 3,550 people develop skin cancer each year, accounting for 30% of all cancers diagnosed here.
MediCare Pharmacy is getting involved in this year’s Sun Awareness Week, led by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) and supported locally by Cancer Focus NI. MediCare have been working in partnership with the locally based charity all year and are delighted to support this event which runs from 7th – 14th May and which seeks to raise awareness of sun safety and contributing factors which may place people at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
Michael Guerin, MediCare Managing Director said:
“The last thing anyone wants on their summer holiday is sunburn. But it is also important to be aware of the long term damage of exposing yourself to too much sun, even in a Northern Ireland setting. Different skin types react differently to the sun and some individuals and groups may be at higher risk of developing skin cancer. Pharmacists and their staff can advise on sun safety techniques which can be put into practice during periods of exposure. Your local pharmacy may also be able to help treat sunburn and you should feel confident to make community pharmacy your first port of call.”
Your local pharmacy team can:
• Give advice on preventing and treating sunburn
• Give advice on checking your skin for signs of skin cancer
• Explain the importance of sunscreen and suggest what may be best for you

Research carried out by Cancer Focus NI shows that 8 out of 10 people do not apply sunscreen at home unless they are ‘actively’ sunbathing. Sun awareness is important – you don’t need to be sunbathing to get skin cancer; it’s over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) which can cause serious damage over time. It’s important for everyone to avoid getting sunburned, particularly children.

Top sun awareness tips are:
• Seek shade and avoid prolonged exposure from 11am to 3pm
• Wear clothing and hats that protect against UVR
• Use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 plus UVA 4-star and apply liberally

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