BAD launches new sun safety information

The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) has teamed up with the British Skin Foundation charity (BSF) to publish a new set of sun safety leaflets, posters and fact sheets, for use by GPs and nurses within a wide range of outlets, including clinics, hospitals and pharmacies.

The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) has teamed up with the British Skin Foundation charity (BSF) to publish a new set of sun safety leaflets, posters and fact sheets, for use by GPs and nurses within a wide range of outlets, including clinics, hospitals and pharmacies.

The literature is part of an ongoing Sun Awareness Campaign, launched during the BAD’s Sun Awareness Week in May, to educate people about the dangers of too much sun exposure. In particular, the association is looking to provide information in areas that have been confusing up until now, including sun advice for dark skin types, how to use the UV index, how to check your moles and new sunscreen labelling.

The leaflets and posters are free of charge for anyone wishing to make them available in waiting rooms or during consultations, and include:

• SOS – sun safety tips to Save Our Skin
• Know your Skin Type – with sun safety information for darker skin types
• UV index
• ABCD E-asy way to check you moles

These are complemented by a ‘fact sheet’ and web page with frequently asked questions about sunscreen, sun safety, skin colours, and advice about new labelling on sunscreens to come into affect next year.

Topics include:

• What are UVA and UVB?
• How do sunscreens work?
• What is SPF?
• The UVA star system
• The future of sunscreen labelling (due to change next year following EU recommendation)
• What is photostability?
• Does an SPF in a moisturiser work?
• How should I apply sunscreen, and how much should I use?
• Vitamin D
• I'm dark skinned - can I get skin cancer?
• Will I tan through sunscreen?
• What is a tan?
• Why should we be careful?


The fact sheet can be viewed online at: www.bad.org.uk/public/cancer/sunscreen_and_skin_cancer_factsheet.asp

Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists, directing the Sun Awareness Campaign said: “More than 70,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year, with malignant melanoma causing 2,000 deaths per year. That’s equivalent to a bus load of people being killed every week. We recently carried out a survey which showed that three-quarters of people don’t understand about UVA and UVB protection, while alarmingly, one in ten men don’t believe skin cancer is linked to sun exposure.

“We want healthcare professionals to have easy, free of charge access to simple, clear advice on safety for their patients. The leaflets and posters tell people how to check their moles and how to stay safe in the sun. We hope that doctors and nurses will find this a really useful educational tool.”

All of the new sun safety information can be viewed and downloaded from the BAD website - http://www.bad.org.uk/public/cancer/ or you can order hard copies by calling phoning 0207 391 6355 or emailing nina@bad.org.uk

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