Macmillan mobile service visits

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Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service is stopping off in Lincolnshire this week with advice about staying safe in the sun.

No appointment is necessary, and anyone is welcome to drop in with concerns or questions.

The team will be at the following locations:

Tuesday - Mablethorpe, Seacroft Road Carpark, 9am to 3pm

Wednesday - Chapel St Leonards, Sea Road, 10am to 4pm

Thursday - Skegness, Lumley Road, 9am to 3pm

According to figures released in 2013 by Public Health England, the number of hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment in England has increased by 41 per cent in the past five years. The number of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma in the UK, the most serious type of skin cancer, has risen to around 35 people being diagnosed every day.

Sarah Beaven, a Macmillan Information and Support Specialist on the unit said: “We will be advising people in Lincolnshire on the importance of avoiding sun burn and how they can be safe in the sun. Whilst those with fair skin are most at risk we want people to understand that everyone needs to protect their skin from harmful rays.

“Children love being active in the Sun and adults need to protect them from blistering sunburn that can increase the chances of developing skin cancer in later life. We will be offering information and support to let you know how to keep them safe.”

Top tips for sun safety are:

Using sun creams with a high sun protection factor (of at least SPF 30 for adults and SPF 50 for children)

Wearing sun protective clothing (including hats and sunglasses)

Staying in the shade between 11am and 3pm

If you cannot visit the unit but have questions about cancer, or want to find out more about the associated risks or signs and symptoms of skin cancer and malignant melanoma, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00.