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Your top ten sun protection excuses debunked!

Our sun protection habit has to change and it starts here… with you. Don’t put it off and think that it is the responsibility of someone else; children need good role models and you’re that person. To inspire action, here is a list of the most common excuses you can no longer use!

  1. “I’m OK because I don’t actually sunbathe”

    In a 2013 survey more than a third of people admitted the last time they were sunburnt was in the UK. Sunburn occurs most typically when people are out and about, distracted, watching, coaching or playing sport and not actually ‘sunbathing’.

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The Meek Family say OK to the role of melanoma warriors

The Meek Family’s latest adventure ties up very well with their healthy, outdoor lifestyle. DCD Publishing is delighted to announce that Tim, Kerry, Amy and Ella have become ambassadors for the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, the only initiative of its kind that supports all those who work outdoors with children.

Devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund in 2014 to highlight the dangers of exposure to the sun, the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code is a unique sun protection scheme created to tackle the steady rise of melanoma rates in the UK by raising awareness of the danger of sunburn.

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Why our sun protection habit has to change

Melanoma is one of the most prominent cancers among young children in the UK. The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code tackles the issue of sun safety and advises on how to sun protect children more effectively and ensure healthy habits are developed from a young age. Michelle Baker comments on the programme

Over the last 40 years, one cancer has risen faster in the UK than any other, increasing more than fivefold since the mid-1970s. This cancer is melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, and on a global scale one person dies each hour from it; a figure that is rising steadily. Although it occurs for several reasons, the most preventable cause is over exposure to the sun. The main trigger is sunburn, with just one incidence in childhood or adolescence tripling the risk of developing melanoma.

With hard hitting statistics like these you would think that the provision of sun protection would be more of an integrated safeguarding issue, especially for those who work outdoors with kids for prolonged periods during the summer months. Sadly though it isn’t, and although many are aware of the dangers of excessive sun exposure, this has yet to translate into implementing a culture of sun protection in the UK.

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Archery GB - Blow the Whistle on Sunburn

The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code was devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund. The initiative is targeted principally at anybody working with primary school aged children (6-12). If you are an individual or a group, they can help you produce and most importantly implement a sun protection policy.

The reasoning behind the campaign are:

  • Melanoma is the fastest rising, most common cancer in the UK in young people.
  • Sustaining five or more sunburns in childhood increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80%
  • 80% of the sun's UV rays can penetrate through clouds and fog
  • 86% of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to the sun
  • Children have thinner, more delicate skin than adults and their risk of getting sunburnt is much higher

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Keeping all gardeners safe this summer

Get OK accredited with The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code and stay safe in the sun

There is always a lot to do in the garden and we actively encourage children to get outdoors, get involved and have fun. But just as we educate children about plants that sting and insects that bite, we have to tell them about the danger from too much sun, and the importance of avoiding sunburn.

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening supports the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, an initiative for all those who work outdoors with children. Devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund it aims to encourage children to enjoy themselves outdoors, but to stay sun protected.

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HSBC Golf Roots – A Golf Foundation Initiative

As with most sports, it is recommended that you wear clothes that are suitable. In the past, golf facilities had lots of rules about what you should and shouldn’t wear. These days, the rules are more relaxed, especially for beginners. If you’re thinking of signing up for a coaching programme or joining a club, ask if there are any rules about clothing – if there are and you don't like them, it may not be the junior-friendly club you're looking for.

Sun Safety

Whilst playing golf, children and young people can spend a considerable amount of time outside enjoying the sunshine. Wearing a hat, a long sleeve top and applying regular sun protection are all essential precautions to take to keep safe in the sun. See the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code for more information.

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ECB Guidance for clubs on Sun Safety

Taking part, or watching, outdoor summer sports can mean that young skin is subjected to ‘prolonged sun exposure’ which can result in sunburn, even on a cloudy day.

Figures from Cancer Research UK show that the incidence of melanoma in the UK is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s; more than 13,000 people develop melanoma each year, compared with around 1,800 in the mid-1970s.

The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that 80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood and that just one blistering sunburn can double the risk of getting melanoma later in life.

The ECB Supports the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code

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Compton House Cricket Club is proud to be working with the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code

Compton House Cricket Club are proud to have a thriving youth section and provide a comprehensive programme of youth coaching for our members.

Girls and boys from ages 6-10 are welcome to join our coaching session. These are held at the club every Thursday evening between 6 and 8pm.

All our sessions are managed and run by our team of ECB registered and qualified coaches.

Our main aim is to ensure that cricket is fun and rewarding and everone is encouraged to develop their skills at their own pace and in a safe environment.

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Working with 'Get to Know Cancer' to kick sunburn into touch

When we received an invite from ‘Get to Know Cancer’ to partner with them on their regular pop-up stand at Tottenham Hotspur for their last home game of the season against Hull City, we jumped at the chance.

Get to Know Cancer works in collaboration with NHS England Transforming Cancer Services Team for London and has partnered with other cancer charities to raise awareness and ensure fans attending THFC matches are made aware of the ways to prevent and spot cancer.

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