Crucial Crew 2019


Last month, Sarah , our Cancer Specialist Educator was lucky enough to join the Crucial Crew family and deliver Sun Safety workshops to over 750 children in the Sudbury area!

The workshops Sarah delivers are interactive and informative, they teach primary school children what precautions to take to keep themselves safe in the sun.

We know from experience that children and adults are still unaware that they can be over exposed to the sun and get sunburnt in their own back garden or playground if protection is not used. The Teenage Cancer Trust has identified that Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young adults aged from 14-34 years. This can be treated successfully if early diagnosis and treatment is sought, but it is also preventable. The Trust believes that sun exposure in school years when UV rays are high increases the risk of skin cancer later in life.

By planting the seeds of sun safety, not just at home, but in the classroom, we can begin to evoke a much needed culture change and shift in attitudes towards sun safety. This will significantly reduce the soaring rates of skin cancer cases and death in the UK for our future generations. We educate the students with the knowledge that they need to equip themselves in the sun and provide information for them to take home so that they can share it with their family and friends. We want to ensure that parents and carers send their children to school equipped with a wide brimmed sun hat and a board spectrum SPF 30+ suncreen during extended hours of play outside.

May 6th-12th is Sun Awareness Week, the aim of the week is to raise awareness for the dangers of long extended periods in the sun and yo promote safety when outside. (Awareness Days Calendar)

Everyone is affected by damage to the skin from the sun, in fact last year, 35% of people in the UK were burnt at least once, with 28% of those being burnt more than three times during the year.

So this year, remember to wear sunscreen, wear a t-shirt, stay in the shade and during Sun Awareness Week spread the word of sun safety and the dangers of over exposure!

Karen Hare