May 6th-12th was Sun Awareness week in the UK and as many of us are self-isolating, furloughing or working from home, it’s a good time to remind ourselves to stay safe in the sun.

Although it’s unlikely any of us living in the UK will come into contact with foreign climates over the next few months, many will end up spending more time outside. Whether you’re taking the time to relax or work in your garden; taking a walk instead of the gym, if the sun is out, please do stay aware.

Staying safe in the sun can reduce your risk of some cancers. It can also be particularly important for people going through some cancer treatments to stay out of the sun.

Member ‘NiceCuppa’ came to the Community to ask for advice about protection from the sun following chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer.  Please click here if you’d like to read the full thread and advice from other members.

Our skin cancer group members are often in the know about sun protection:

Community Champion ‘latchbrook’ offers some handy tips - You can read the full discussion here. 

Questions about looking after your skin following treatment have often been posed in our ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions. For example, our volunteer Radiographer, Kate, helped member ‘levisurfer‘ with some advice around keeping safe after a course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy following major surgery for the removal of a cancerous growth to a Parotid Gland.

Kate had some suggestions for ‘levisurfer’ around hat choice and sunblock, which they thought others might find useful too. You can read the full question and answer by clicking here. 

If you’re currently going through treatment, you should always follow your clinical team’s advice, but as the weather heats up, there are things everyone can do to help make sure their skin does not burn.

 Protect your face and neck with a wide-brimmed hat.
 Wear sunglasses with a guaranteed ultraviolet (UV) light filter.
 Use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (at least SPF 30).
 If you have had radiotherapy, keep the treated area completely covered.
 Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, usually between
11am and 3pm.

 Find out more  click here.