With the barbeque summers approaching, and temperatures promising to rise, we are anxious about how much of it we can enjoy without the guilt.
We put on our shorts and singlets and head out into the sun, then worry about the consequences if we do not cover up correctly, the ever present threat of sun cancer.
The number of cases of Malignant Melanoma rose to 10,241 in 2006; the main cause of this cancer is exposure to the sun.
Persons, who use sun beds or who binge-tan, are part of the rise in the number of cases, but it is our misuse of sunscreens and lotions that may be the problem.
Residents of the United Kingdom are starting to learn the slip, slop, slap method but the number of skin cancer cases is rising.
It can be confusing with the multitude of products out there, different UVA ratings and products that offer UVB, sweat proof, water proof and so on. It is essential to make sure the product is applied correctly.
It can almost make people think ‘what’s the point’ and not bother with the cream or the beach. Researchers have revealed that some manufacturers do not always live up to the claims on their product which can be a serious problem.
Some SPF products tested have shown that their SPF ratings are exceeding what they claim, but others are not. Four popular sunscreens testing showed that their SPF rating was significantly lower than the 15 rating it claimed to be.
The European Commission is currently in the process of simplifying labelling guidelines to categorise creams in the protection that they offer, such as low to medium or medium to high protection.