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Macmillan Cancer Support Jersey are pleased to launch their sun awareness campaign – providing islanders a greater knowledge around skin cancers, the steps we should take to reduce risk of these cancers, and knowledge regarding signs and symptoms.
Protect Your Skin, Reduce Your Risk: Be Sun Safe!
Skin cancer can be a serious disease and, in some cases, may be preventable. By taking simple steps, you can significantly reduce your risk. Here are some important measures you can incorporate into your daily routine:
- Seek Shade: When the sun is strongest, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, seek shade whenever possible. This will limit your exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
- Cover Up: Wear protective clothing to shield your skin from the sun's rays. Opt for wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and long trousers to minimise exposure.
- Slather on Suncream: Use a broad-spectrum suncream with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Apply it generously to all exposed skin, even on cloudy days. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if you're sweating or swimming.
Remember, skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of age or skin tone. By adopting these sun-safe habits, you are taking a proactive step towards protecting yourself and your loved ones from skin cancer.
Spread the word! Share this message with your family, friends, and community. Let's work together to raise awareness, promote sun safety, and reduce the burden of skin cancer.
Stay sun safe, protect your skin, and enjoy the outdoors responsibly!
Please note that this public message is based on general information and does not substitute for professional medical advice. For personalised guidance and recommendations, consult with a healthcare professional or dermatologist.
"As the Chief Clinical Officer at Macmillan Jersey, I strongly believe that it's crucial to protect our skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Suncream plays a vital role in this protection, and that's why we're launching a campaign to raise awareness about sun safety. Our aim is to make a positive impact on people's lives by promoting the importance of sun protection and that people have access to the best level of defence. By offering free Factor 50 suncream at local beaches, we want to empower individuals to take care of their skin and enjoy outdoor activities without worrying about sun damage. Let's work together to spread the word about sun safety and create a future where everyone can enjoy the sun responsibly”.
Lauren Perchard-Rees - MSc BSc DipIBLM
With one in two people hearing the words ‘you have cancer’ in their lifetime, Macmillan Jersey are here to provide emotional, practical and wellbeing support to islanders affected by cancer. Please call us on 01534 498188 Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.
Continuing Donna’s Legacy
In 2021, Macmillan Jersey received a sum of monies from the now disbanded Donna Annand charity. The charity chose Macmillan Jersey to receive the monies due to our previous collaborations at a number of events including mole clinics.
This money was put aside to concentrate on projects we felt would continue the aspirations of the Donna Annand charity – and provide islanders with education or services that are now unavailable. We are acutely aware of the positive impact the Donna Annand charity had on islanders – and would like to thank them for their 10 years helping people in Jersey.
In July 2023, Macmillan Jersey will be piloting and providing 12 suncream stations around Jersey.
They will dispense factor 50 suncream for free, for anyone in Jersey or visiting our island to use. These stations will be maintained and topped up by volunteers, and we hope the public will benefit from these.
As a charity – Macmillan Jersey receives no funding from Macmillan UK nor the Government of Jersey, and monies from this pilot come directly from the amount the Donna Annand charity left ourselves.
Below – you can find a map showing where the various stations are around our island.