EVERY primary school in Liverpool is
signing up to a scheme aimed at preventing young people from the risks of
getting skin cancer later in life.
Over the last 25 years, rates of malignant melanoma in Britain have risen faster
than any other common cancer and it is now the 2nd most common type among
people aged 15 to 34.
The number of cases in Liverpool have more than doubled since 2001; that is
shockingly up from 47
to 99, and the latest figures from 2014 show there were 14 deaths in the City.
Sun exposure in the 1st 15 years of life contributes significantly to the
lifetime risk of skin cancer. Young people spend almost half their childhood at
school and are often outdoors during peak UV hours from 11am to 3pm.
Now Public Health Liverpool has teamed up with national charity Skcin to
implement its 'Sun Safe Schools' scheme in all 127 Primary Schools
within the City.
All Schools have commit to the comprehensive use of sunscreen, sun hats and role
models, to promote their use as well as providing shady areas outdoors and
lessons on staying safe in the sun.
On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, Broadgreen Primary School will become the latest Liverpool
School to become accredited, with pupils taking part in a Sun Safe assembly and
showing off their sunhats.
Dr Sandra Davies, Director of Public Health in Liverpool, said:- "It is
really important that young people get into the habit of protecting themselves
when they are out in the sun because their skin is very sensitive but the
consequences of getting burned may not become apparent for many years. We know
that people are aware of the importance of putting on sun cream when we go on
holiday or to the beach, but studies show that we don't necessarily do it when
going about our daily routine, and for children this is when they his is when
they are playing out at the hottest time of the day in the playground. We are
hoping that by working closely with Schools we can make sure that young people
get into the correct routine which they will continue through their lives, as
well as spreading the message of being sun safe to the rest of their family."
Marie Tudor from Skcin said:- "The Accreditation has been operating for 3
years and we have had amazing success since its launch. Schools in Liverpool are
a particular target for us as the area has 1 of the highest incidence rates of
skin cancer in the UK. The accreditation helps Schools to fulfil their duty of
care to implement a sun safe policy. A total of 86% of skin cancers are caused
by overexposure to UV and are therefore preventable. Education is the key to
tackling the rising statistics and Skcin are delighted Liverpool City Council
are supporting our Sun Safe Schools Accreditation and its nationwide roll out.
By planting the seeds of sun safety at a young age together we can help educate
and change behaviours and ultimately save lives."
Primary Schools can register to gain their accreditation
online and a competition
to win free sun cream for Schools is on offer until 30 June 2017.
Almost 9 out of 10 skin cancers can be prevented by:-
► Avoiding over exposure to the sun.
► Avoiding burning of the skin (red to blistering).
► Covering up using clothes, hats and sunglasses.
► Seeking shade at the hottest parts of the day (11am to 3pm).
► Using sunscreen – SPF 30+ for both adults and children.
Last year, Cancer Research UK and Liverpool City Council joined forces and
signed the 1st ever skin cancer pledge, promising to work together to raise
awareness of skin cancer. The City has also previously lobbied government
calling for the licensing of sunbed salons, and run a high profile campaign:-
'The Look to Die For' is educating people about the dangers of using sunbeds and
encouraging the use of fake tan instead.