The Great British Summer
The weather has finally warmed up and the sun has even been out recently, giving us a taste of summer. Roll on BBQs, beer gardens, and days out enjoying the sun - while it lasts!
But time out in the sun can come with a hefty price tag. Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK? There are at least 100,000 new cases and over 2,500 people die from skin cancer every year(1). Anyone of any age can be diagnosed. Even though we are more aware of the risks now than before, incidence rates for malignant melanoma have risen 360% since the 1970s(2).
Cancer is consistently the top claim reason for critical illness products for providers available on our panel(3,4,5,) yet we do little to help ourselves. 80% of us are not applying sunscreen when going out in the sun according to a recent survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists(6). The survey also found that 70% of us aren't reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours as recommended.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and rarely do we think about the risks of cancer when we are out enjoying nice weather. It doesn't take much time out in the sun to damage your skin and that damage, when it builds up over time, can add up to a scary diagnosis.
So, if you're spending time in the sun this summer don't forget the sunscreen! And don’t forget to talk to us about ‘Cancer Cover’!
1. http://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/SkinInformation/SkinCancer.aspx 2. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/skin-cancer/incidence#heading-Two 3. http://adviser.royallondon.com/protection/service/claims/ 4. http://www.aviva.com/media/news/item/uk-aviva-protection-customers-consistently-receive-over-half-a-billion-pounds-in-claims-each-year-17468/ 5. https://www.aiglife.co.uk/intermediaries/news/aig-life-reveals-2015-critical-illness-statistics 6. http://www.bad.org.uk/media/news
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