Warning as sun heats up

SUN-lovers are been reminded to enjoy catching a few rays but make sure they stay safe in the sun.

Now that summer is on its way, Arun Wellbeing is encouraging residents to enjoy the weather but be safe from sunburn.

Paul Wotherspoon, Arun district council’s cabinet member for community development, said: “The weather has certainly taken a turn for the better recently and we would encourage residents to enjoy the sunshine.

“But the message is simple – make sure you are protected from the sun’s powerful rays as sunburn is the leading cause of skin cancer.

“We would ask everyone to take simple steps such as using a high-factor sunscreen, covering up with a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses when on the beach and staying in the shade between 11am and 3pm to keep themselves safe.”

In West Sussex the number of people diagnosed with skin cancer is rising, and the county has one of the highest rates of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the UK. More than two 15 to 34 year olds are 
diagnosed with skin cancer every day.