Skin cancer is on the rise in the UK – with 8,000 Brits dying from the disease over the past five years. Now people who live and work in Wolverhampton are being urged to take skin cancer seriously as weather forecasts predict hotter weather over the next few weeks.

Housing bosses at Wolverhampton Homes, the company which manages more than 23,000 council homes in the city on behalf of the city council, has teamed up with The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity (SKCIN) to raise awareness of the dangers the sun can cause.

One of the first housing organisations in the country to become an officially accredited ‘sun-safe’ place to work, Wolverhampton Homes is helping to keep its workers safe in the sun by providing sunglasses, sun cream and long sleeve t-shirts over the summer months when we’re expecting some glorious summer weather.

Skin cancer is the most common and fastest rising cancer in the UK and statistics show that Outdoor workers are at a greater risk of developing skin cancer. Yet 80% of cases are preventable.

Lesley Roberts, Chief Executive at Wolverhampton Homes said:

“Being recognised as an employer who is looking after the health of its staff is important to us. Skin cancer is on the rise in the UK and we want to help get the message out across Wolverhampton that as tempting as it might be to rush out into the sun when it makes an appearance, you need to look after your skin because skin cancer is a killer”.

Wearing a t-shirt, sunglasses, sun cream, a hat and taking regular breaks in the shade are just some of the simple steps people can take to dramatically reduce the risk of being harmed by the sun’s rays.

Charlotte Fionda, Development Director at Skcin said:

“It is so important that employers fulfill their duty of care to their workers when it comes to working safely in the sun, through education and the provision of appropriate sun safe precautions.  We hope other organisations will follow the excellent lead of Wolverhampton Homes and enroll in the charity’s free Sun Safe Workplaces scheme ‘www.sunsafeworkplaces.co.uk’ to gain their free resources and ensure workforces across the UK stay sun safe.”

People can find out more about how to look after their skin and how to detect signs of skin cancer online at www.skcin.org.

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