Sun Awareness Week
Sun Awareness Week, held in May, is the start to our summer of sun awareness campaign. Although a BAD awareness week, we encourage members of the public to get involved in any way that they can – the key is raising awareness around sun protection and skin cancer.
Sun Awareness week is a vital campaign, as skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, and rates continue to rise. The dates of Sun Awareness Week 2021 are Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th May.
The theme for Sun Awareness Week 2021 is early detection. With most of the population having spent much of the past year inside their homes due to multiple lockdowns, less people will have been checking their moles or skin for changes, or would have hesitated when they should have booked an appointment with their GP.
We want to highlight the importance of early detection; getting to know your skin and checking moles regularly can greatly improve prognosis.
What We Teach
Our Sun Awareness Week campaign goes out to teach the public using a two-pronged approach, providing advice on prevention as well as early detection. By teaching prevention, we aim to raise awareness of the dangers of burning and excessive tanning, and to discourage people from using sunbeds. We also teach people how to spot the signs of skin cancer to increase the number of people who get diagnosed early. We have also successfully campaigned for legislative action to improve the regulation of sunbeds, and this is something we will continue to do.
In previous years we have had plenty of interesting surveys and events come out during Sun Awareness Week.
In 2017 we published a study that showed that more than one in three (35%) of people were burning every year in the UK, with a further 46% burning while abroad.
In other years we’ve hosted events such as an educational mole check at Shepherds Bush Westfield Shopping centre, or 2014’s event where Team GB’s Louis Smith and Greg Rutherford became Sun Awareness Week lifeguards for photo opportunity sun protection postcards.
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