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Football star Craig Mackail-Smith backs sun safety campaign in Sussex
Brighton and Hove Albion star Craig Mackail-Smith is today backing the launch of a new campaign urging people to stay safe in the sun.
The Stay Safe initiative comes as temperatures are expected to soar across Sussex this week.
Skin cancer in the city has recently doubled, with more than 600 new cases of melanoma - the most dangerous form- recorded every year.
It is now the second most common cancer among 18 to 35-year-olds.
The campaign is run by the charity Albion in the Community in partnership with the NHS in the city.
It will highlighting ways for people to look after their skin in the sun and reduce their chances of getting skin cancer.
Mr Mackail-Smith said: “We are just asking people to remember a few simple things to protect their skin whilst they are out enjoying the sun.
“Using a high factor sun cream, remembering to spend some time in the shade and wearing a hat and clothing can all help protect your skin from the sun and reduce your chances of getting skin cancer."
Bhav Shergill, a consultant dermatologist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It is really important that people know their skin and check it regularly for any changes such as new moles and changes in the shape, colour and size of moles.
“We are urging people who notice these symptoms to get them checked out by their doctor. It may not be skin cancer but if it is the chances of surviving are far greater if it is diagnosed early.”
Albion in the Community staff and volunteers will be handing out sun safety postcards and free sun cream at a number of upcoming city events including Pride and Sussex cricket matches in Hove.
And South East Coast Ambulance Service issued guidelines to try and avoid sun-related emergencies such as sunstroke and ddehyddration as emergency calls saw a spike due to the hot weather.
Senior operations manager, James Pavey said: “It’s great that the summer seems to have arrived and of course people are going to be keen to get out and enjoy the warmer weather while it lasts.
“We’d simply ask that they are sensible and cover up and use sun cream, drink plenty of water and use their common sense.”
For more information visit secamb.nhs.uk
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