Stay safe in the sun week

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THE primary care trust in Sheffield has given its backing to a national campaign warning youngsters of the dangers of the sun.

NHS Sheffield is supporting National Sun Awareness Week, run by the British Association of Dermatologists, which takes place from May 2 to 5.

It gives key pointers for staying safe in the sun and guidance on how to check for melanoma – one of the most serious types of skin cancer – by monitoring changes to skin and moles.

In Sheffield 112 people were diagnosed with malignant melanoma - the most serious form of skin cancer - in 2010, with rates in the city significantly higher than the average for the England.

A sun awareness campaign is also set to run in pharmacies across the city in May.