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Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity OK Sun Pledge

Did you know…

….Unprotected exposure to the sun can lead to burns, premature ageing of the skin and other complications

….You can sun burn even on a cloudy day

….On average, children get 3 times more sun exposure than adults

….37 people are diagnosed with melanoma each day in the UK

….About 86% of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun

….Avoiding sun burn when young can reduce the chances of developing melanoma by as much as 78%

Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity is now an accredited supporter of the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, a fantastic nationwide sun awareness and protection initiative devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund and has created a Sun Protection Pledge, which will be promoted by our team at all of our outdoor events.

The scheme has been designed to tackle melanoma, one of the UK's most common cancers in young people, by helping to develop and support sun protection practices for all those who work outdoors with children. Just a few serious sunburns can increase everyone's risk of melanoma by 80%. With 86% of melanomas attributed to excessive sun exposure, and levels of melanoma rising in the UK, sun protection habits need to change.

By raising awareness of the risks of prolonged sun exposure and educating young people on the importance of sun safety, we aim to further promote lifelong participation in health promoting activity.

Please help us blow the whistle on sun burn, and reduce the risk of someone you know developing melanoma.