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The onset of summer sends people rushing to the beach with their sun cream, however in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly due to the high levels of UV, it is just as important to protect your self on overcast cloudy days. The sun's UV rays can damage the skin cells, leading to sun burn and an increased risk of skin cancer.

Experts are urging the public to continue to guard against the sun's damaging UV rays.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has a higher proportion of fair skinned people, more people working outdoors, more sunshine and a longer coastline than most of the UK's other regions. The South West has the highest rates of skin cancer and reports show that there has been an increase in the number of malignant melanomas diagnosed.

Malignant melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and the numbers have been rising faster then any other common cancer with almost a third of all cases occuring in the under 50's.


Parents of young children should remember not just to protect their children's skin, but to protect their own as well. If children are exposed to too much sun unprotected now there is a greater risk of potential problems in the future.


Teenagers (and anyone else who uses them) should learn the facts about the damage that sun bed use can cause.  See our sunbed page for more information.

Stay Safe

To stay safe remember to:

  • cover up
  • apply a SPF 15+ UVA/UVB 5 star suncream every 2 hours (SPF 30+ for fair skinned and children)
  • wear a hat and sunglasses
  • seek shade during peak times - 11-3
  • drink lots of water and stay hydrated
  • don't allow yourself to burn

Click on the links below to check out SunSafe videos about protecting yourself in the sun:

Outdoor workers - Be SunSafe

Be SunSafe in the playground