WITH the holiday season fast approaching, skin cancer specialists in Rotherham are urging people to be aware of the dangers of sunburn.
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK and the number of people who get it is increasing.
Malignant melanoma is now the most common cancer in young adults, aged 15 to 34, in the UK.
According to Cancer Research UK using a sunbed once a month or more can also double your risk of skin cancer.
Most skin cancers are caused by damage from ultraviolet rays in sunlight. These cancers could be prevented if we protect ourselves from the sun.
Rowena Mellows, skin cancer specialist and member of Rotherham Skin Cancer Action Group, said: "Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK but is also one of the most avoidable.
“Sunburn and permanent skin damage can easily be avoided by covering up and staying out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day.
“You don't have to go abroad to suffer the effects of the sun, you can burn just as easily at home.
“Whether you're out in the garden, playing sports or taking the dog for a walk you should always apply sun cream before venturing out in the sunshine or even on a cloudy day when the sun can still cause considerable damage.
“You should be aware of your skin and should check regularly for any changes to moles or unusual skin growths.
If you have a mole that is changing size, shape, colour, itching or bleeding you should see your doctor immediately.
“If skin cancers are caught in the early stages they can be treated and should cause no further problems.”