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Protect Your Skin

Avoiding sunburn when young can reduce the chances of developing melanoma by as much as 78%

37

Incidence

37 people are diagnosied with melanoma each day in the UK.

86%

UV Sun Exposure

About 86% of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun

10 Facts About Sun

  • The Sun is in fact a star and is at the centre of our solar system
  • A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is between the Sun and the Earth.
  • The Sun is around 92 million miles from the Earth, and burns at a temperature of about 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit – however at the core, temperatures are far hotter!
  • The Sun is a star at the centre of the solar system around which all local planets orbit. It is made mainly of the gasses hydrogen and helium, with hydrogen taking up about 70% of its mass and helium 28%
  • The Sun is approx. 864,000 miles in diameter and has a total mass equivalent to just fewer than 333,000 Earths
  • The Sun It is around 4.5 billion years old but still fairly young compared to the age of the universe, which is estimated at 13 billion years
  • Solar flares from the Sun are sudden bursts of brightness that happen in places near the sunspots
  • Sunspots appear on the surface of the Sun and look dark because of the lower temperatures near it
  • Without the Sun, we wouldn’t be able to survive. Though the Sun has its dangers, it is better understood now than any time before
  • The Sun is one of more than 100 billion stars in the milky way

10 Facts About the Dangers of the Sun

  • You can sunburn even on a cloudy day
  • Once you've been sunburnt your skin will age prematurely
  • On average, children get 3 times more exposure than adults
  • UV rays bounce off sand, snow, concrete, and water
  • Depletion of Earth's ozone continues to increase your exposure to UV rays
  • Unprotected exposure to the Sun can lead to burns, premature ageing of skin, and other complications
  • People with fair skin are most susceptible to sunburn, because their skin produces only small amounts of the protective black or dark brown pigment called melanin
  • The Sun’s ultraviolet radiation is considered a major factor in many kinds of cancer, especially skin cancer
  • If swimming, use waterproof sunscreen as Sun rays are intensified and can burn even through water
  • Viewing the Sun with the naked eye, even under eclipse conditions, can cause serious eye damage