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Skin cancer campaign launched

By DAISY SAMPSON [email protected]

As the weather heats up, we all long to spend days lounging by the pool or soaking up the sun on one of the numerous beaches the Algarve has to offer.

However, the dangers of sunbathing are very real and the threat of skin cancer, or melanoma, is being addressed by local charity, the Algarve Oncology Association (AOA), in their latest campaign.

May 13 marked the European day of melanoma and the AOA used this opportunity to try and highlight the risks of skin cancer and offer advice on how to protect yourself from the sun with the launch of a new summer campaign.

This summer, the AOA, in partnership with real estate company Garvetur and various local Câmaras, will be visiting beaches during weekends in June, July and August raising awareness of melanoma and giving advice to beach users. 

The peak of this campaign will be on June 28 when the 15th anniversary of the association will be celebrated with a walk in the sun between Quarteira and Vilamoura with hats, water and other goodies being given out by volunteers from the AOA to those in the area. The best way to prevent melanoma is to firstly reduce the time you spend in the sun and secondly to ensure that you are adequately protected when you are in the sun.

Top tips

• Limit time spent in the sun between 10am and 4pm

• If you have to be in the sun, wear tightly woven clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt and trousers

• Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) rating of 15 or higher

• Apply sunscreen half an hour before going into the sun

• Reapply sunscreen every two hours

• Wear a wide brimmed hat

• Wear sunglasses with UV protective lenses

• Remember that some medication can make you more sun sensitive, including oral contraceptives,

antibiotics and blood pressure medication. Seek advice from a doctor if concerned.

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