Macmillan roadshow offering advice on sunbathing skin cancer risk
The dangers of the risks of skin cancer during the summer will be explained to visitors to a roadshow visiting three Lincolnshire towns.
According to Macmillan Cancer Support research, two-fifths of people - 40 per cent - say they burn their skin in the sun on purpose to deepen their tan.
But Macmillan Cancer Support is warning that getting a painful sunburn just once every two years can triple the risk of skin cancer, known as melanoma.
Macmillan's Mobile Information and Support's mobile information centre is visiting the county next week.
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It will be in Gainsborough Market Place from 9am until 3pm on Tuesday, August 20, and outside The Bull pub in Market Deeping High Street at the same time the following day.
Then it will move on to Lumley Road in Skegness, outside the Hildred Shopping Centre, from 10am to 4pm next Thursday and Friday, August 22 and 23.
Helen Tuvey is the East Midlands service manager for the Macmillan Mobile Information and Support Service.
She said: "It is alarming that staying safe in the sun is not a priority for people.
"Sunburn will cause serious damage to your skin which can lead to cancer. A diagnosis of malignant melanoma can be just as fatal as some other cancers.
"It is vital to protect your skin when out in the sun by using sun tan lotion, wearing sun protective clothing - including hats and sunglasses - or staying in the shade between the hours of 11am and 3pm.
“Anyone concerned about skin cancer, or any other cancer, can come and see us on board.
"We provide free information and support and no appointment is necessary.”
For more information visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call free on 0808 8080000, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 8pm.