Who are we?
SunSafe is an NHS based campaign working to raise awareness of sun safety, skin cancer early diagnosis and prevention in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Working in partnership with Healthy Schools, The Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund and Melanoma Awareness Project we are taking real action to reduce the incidence of skin cancer in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
We all enjoy the sunshine, it lifts our spirits, feels good on our skin, and a lot of people say they feel healthier when they have a tan! But before we start soaking up the rays, there are some simple steps we can all take to protect ourselves. SunSafe is here to make you aware of the dangers of the sun and help you to enjoy the sun safely.
The SunSafe story
What has become SunSafe began in May 2008 when Peter and Bet Kaye began campaigning to raise awareness of the dangers of the sun. A year earlier their daughter Becca had died from Melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer. Becca had suffered a single bout of severe sun burn during her teenage years. Several years later she had noticed a mole which was changing. This was eventually removed - but perhaps not as quickly as it should have been. At the age of 33 melanoma began to spread to other parts of her body and two years later she died.
Becca's case, sadly, is not isolated. Cases of melanoma are now rising very rapidly. This skin cancer is is now the second largest cause of death amongst people in their twenties. It is the most common cause of skin cancer in the 15-34 age group. It is also the easiest form of cancer to avoid.
The aim of the project is simple: To encourage people to enjoy the sunshine sensibly, and to try to avoid getting burned. Ultraviolet rays are getting stronger. These rays can cause harmful damage to skin. Most of us have suffered from sunburn at some stage in our lives, so we all need to keep a careful check on our skin - we are raising awareness of the main changes to look out for on your skin, in particular any changes in size, shape or colour to moles.
In 2009 the project received generous funding from the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund. We then joined in partnership with the Health Promotion Service, part of the NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to form SUNSAFE.
Born in 2009, SunSafe is a mobile unit which tours the county to raise awareness of skin cancer prevention and early diagnosis. In the last two years we have worked with schools, the council, RNLI and may more, as well as attended numerous events to help raise awareness. If you are keen for SunSafe to visit your organisation or school to offer advice on SunSafe policies/guidelines for employees or schools or to deliver a talk/assembly then please contact us.