Skin cancer advice sessions for residents

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Residents in Doncaster will be given advice on how to avoid skin cancer at a series of information and advice sessions.

Staff from St John’s information service are launching their Skin Cancer Campaign for summer, urging people to cover up at both home and abroad.

During May, workers will be out and about spreading the word on how to prevent skin cancer, how to protect skin from the sun, risk factors, signs and symptoms of cancer, the types of skin cancer and the treatment available.

Joanne O’Marr, who manages the service, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or sunbeds.

“The team will be providing information and advice about enjoying the sun safely, whether at home or abroad, at work or at play.

“Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK and the number of people diagnosed is increasing,” added Joanne.

“If you are going out in the sun, please protect yourself.”

People are advised to protect themselves and their children by: seeking shade, especially during the middle of the day, wearing clothing to protect exposed skin, wearing a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck, using sunscreen with sun protective factor of 15 or higher which has UVA and UVB protection and avoiding the use of sunbeds.

Advice sessions will be held on May 7 at the Older People’s Centre, Thorne, from 10am to noon; May 8 at the Flying Scotsman Centre from 9.30am to noon; May 10 at Frenchgate Interchange from 9am to 1pm; May 13 at Vermuyden Centre, Thorne, from 9am to 11am; May 24 at the Frenchgate Interchange from 9am to 1pm and on May 28 at Thorne Fire Station, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.