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Garden centre urges people to take care in summer heatwave

PUBLISHED: 12:29 24 July 2019 | UPDATED: 17:04 24 July 2019

Gardeners are being urged to stay safe in the summer sun Picture: �Andrea - stock.adobe.com

Gardeners are being urged to stay safe in the summer sun Picture: �Andrea - stock.adobe.com

©Andrea - stock.adobe.com

A gardening centre has backed a skin cancer campaign as temperatures soar to a predicted 36C.

Colleagues at Notcutts Garden Centres keeping safe in the sun Picture: NOTCUTTS GARDEN CENTRES LTDColleagues at Notcutts Garden Centres keeping safe in the sun Picture: NOTCUTTS GARDEN CENTRES LTD

The Watch Your Back! campaign by the Melanoma Fund aims to raise awareness of the problem, especially amongst gardeners and people who spend a lot of time outdoors as they are at a higher risk of developing the disease.

As over 90% of UV rays can pass through light cloud and cause sunburn, the campaign also encourages people to take precautions even when the weather is cloudy.

Caroline Notcutt, vice-chairman of Notcutts, said: "We're passionate about wellbeing as well as gardening, which is why we are supporting the Melanoma Fund with this campaign.

"We encourage people to get outside and enjoy their gardens, but it's important to be aware of the dangers of sun exposure and the long-term damage it can cause to our skin."

The campaign was launched in 2016 with the message to protect, detect and prevent as Michelle Baker, chief executive of the Melanoma Fund, explained: "Skin cancer is the most common and fastest growing cancer in the UK.

"Although we are all vulnerable, it's men over the age of 50 who ignore sun protection and avoid GP appointments, who are most at risk of dying from melanoma.

"We encourage all gardeners to take care in the sun and check their skin regularly for any growths, or changes to moles."

Sun protection tips for gardeners include wearing a high factor sunscreen of at least SPF30 at all times, re-applying sunscreen regularly and checking for signs of sunburn.

For more information about the Watch Your Back campaign, click here.

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