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Sun Safety

We are passionate about raising awareness and encouraging everyone to love their skin and be aware of any changes. Staying safe in the sun and knowing your own skin is essential. Burning or going red in the sun, especially when young, can have serious consequences later in life.

Have fun in the sun whilst avoiding excessive exposure and burning:

  • Apply a UVA + UVB sunscreen SPF 30 or above and repeat applications every two hours covering both face and body.
  • Wear a hat, sunglasses and cover up exposed skin, especially in the heat of the day or if an area of your body is continuously exposed.
  • Stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm if you can.
  • Avoid using sunbeds, the increased risks of melanoma are significant.

If you love sunbathing, walking, gardening, cycling, outdoor sports or if you work in construction, farming or other outdoor jobs, follow the above steps and be skin aware by regularly checking your skin and moles, looking out for any changes.

If you are worried about a change or abnormality on any otherwise normal skin you should get it looked at by a doctor. It is vital that the result is a confident diagnosis: ‘looks OK’ is not a diagnosis.

Early detection of melanoma improves outcomes considerably

Information on Melanoma and Sun Safety

We hope you’ll find our information useful:

If you would like to obtain copies please email

#HowMuchIsEnough Awareness Campaign

Altruist Sunscreen and Melanoma Focus united to raise awareness of the dangers of sun damage and tanning. Click here to find out more.

Help us Increase Melanoma Awareness

If you or your company would like to help spread the word about sun and skin safety we would love to hear from you. We can help you with your event and have a number of items that you can use to help raise awareness.

If you would like to take part in a sporting challenge or other activity to raise funds for Melanoma Focus we can help promote your challenge.

Every penny raised helps in the fight against melanoma and enables us to commission and fund innovative research, while providing support and information for patients, carers and healthcare professionals.

Whatever your event, big or small, talk to us about how we can help

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