Sizzling in the Spanish sun?

Keeping children safe

Whether you are moving to Spain or just spending part of the year there, you need to be aware that the Sun’s rays are stronger than in Northern Europe or other milder climates. Be responsible by making sure you understand the risks for children and keep them protected.

Better weather means not only that you are likely to spend more time outdoors, but also raises the chances of overexposure to ultra-violet (UV) rays. We spend far more time outdoors as children, teenagers and young adults - especially during the long summer holidays. Not many adults spend hours or weeks on end in the sun unless they work outside. We get around 80 per cent of our sun exposure by time we reach the age of 21.

The risk of skin cancer

We all know that our children’s skin is delicate and prone to damage from the sun's rays, but there is more to it than that. The way we treat our skin in the first 21 years is crucial. If we spend this time in

the sun, constantly trying to get a tan - or worse still getting sunburnt - then we significantly increase our risk of developing skin cancer.

Thankfully skin cancer is rare in children. However, many skin cancers take years to develop. Damage to the DNA of our skin cells when young, may develop into skin cancer 30 years on! The most serious type of skin cancer - melanoma - is the third most common cancer in 15 to 39 year olds.

Experts agree that reducing the amount of sun we have as children and teenagers has a far greater impact on melanoma risk than a reduction as adults.

What can we do to ensure the correct levels of protection for our children?

By Paula Dickens
Specialist supplier Born2becool offers a full range of UV protective clothing from baby to adult. 


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