Press release – issued 15 July 2016
Skin cancer nurse helps students to stay safe in the sun
With the summer holidays now upon us, students at Whitecross Hereford School have been learning about ways to stay safe in the sun.
More than 13,000 people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma, a type of skin cancer, in the UK each year. It is now one of the most common types of cancer in people between the ages of 15 to 34.
That’s why, students from the school took part in a sun safety awareness event this week hosted by a skin cancer specialist from Hereford County Hospital.
Skin cancer nurse specialist, Tammy James, from Wye Valley NHS Trust, was on-hand to provide the students with simple tips on how to stay safe in the sun, free sun cream samples, and advice on how to spot the early signs of skin cancer.
Tammy said: “With the school holidays just around the corner many families have holidays, or days out planned, and taking the right precautions can greatly reduce your chance of developing skin cancer.
“We want young people to enjoy the sunshine, but helping young people to adopt a sun-safe lifestyle will help prevent skin cancer and encourage them to begin lifelong healthy skin habits.
“Everyone can help themselves by taking care of their skin. Our advice is to avoid sun beds, wear a high SPF sun screen with a four star rating or more, so it will block out UVA as well as UVB rays, and cover up in the sun.
“Try to stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest and don’t forget to protect your eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard (BSEN 1836:2005) and carry the "CE" mark – check the label.
“Skin cancer is highly preventable, and adopting a complete sun protection regime can drastically reduce the skin cancer risk. That’s why it is important to adopt a “do not burn” attitude”.
Louise Barker, Head of PSHE at Whitecross Hereford, said “The event was very informative, interactive and engaging, and a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn a very important message.”
Tammy added: “It’s also important to be aware of the early signs of skin cancer. Some of the early signs of melanoma may be a mole that changes colour, bleeds, itches or is painful, or the development of a new mole. If you are worried about any changes on your skin you should visit your GP”.
To find out more about skin cancer visit www.nhs.uk (livewell, summer health).
Skin cancer nurse specialist, Tammy James (front row), and Beth Kirby, student nurse (back row) pictured with students at Whitecross Hereford.
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.