Skin cancer warning - how long can you stay in the sun for this summer? ☀️

Melanoma skin cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, according to the NHS.

A melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other organs in the body.

The most common skin cancer symptoms include the change in appearance of a mole, or the sudden appearance of a new mole.

You can lower your risk of melanoma skin cancer by avoiding getting sunburnt.

You’re more likely to develop the cancer if you spend time in the sun during the middle of the day.

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“In the UK, stay in the shade or indoors as much as possible between 11am and 3pm in the summer months [May to September],” said medical website Patient.info.

“This applies all year round in hotter countries nearer to the equator.

“This middle time of the day is when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.

“Trees, umbrellas and canopies can all provide good shade.”

If you do spend time in the sun, you should use a high-factor suncream, and apply it liberally.

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