Destination Devon: sunscreen is not enough for complete protection
As we all enjoy the holiday hot spots that freckle Devon, spare a thought for news that sunscreen is not enough on its own to offer protection from the more harmful rays of the sun.
Seeking out shade, shoving on a hat, and slapping on your sunscreen should all be part of your cool summer regime.
A new study by scientists at the University of Manchester has revealed more about the effect of UV light on skin. They examined the what happened to mice at risk of melanoma.
“UV light targets the very genes protecting us from its own damaging effects, showing how dangerous this cancer-causing agent is,” lead researcher Prof Richard Marais told the BBC.
“Very importantly, this study provides proof that sunscreen does not offer complete protection from the damaging effects of UV light.
“This work highlights the importance of combining sunscreen with other strategies to protect our skin, including wearing hats and loose-fitting clothing, and seeking shade when the sun is at its strongest.”
The study found that sunscreen could help in the skin health strategy but should be combined with other protection in a bid to reduce the risk of melanoma.
More than 13,000 people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma each year, and it is the fifth most common cancer in the UK.