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Watch out! Summer heat will lead to soaring UV levels, and risk of cancer

We all know that summer is well on its way, enjoying luxurious mini-heatwaves of 23-28°c last week alone, but along with the higher temperatures come the pieces of advice from experts to stay out of the sun.

The Met Office has warned of extreme UV levels over this year’s summer season.

Higher UV levels dramatically increase the risks of sunburn and skin cancer, even if you feel like you might not be catching the sun whatsoever.

The UV scales run from 1 to 11, with 11 being the highest risk of people getting the lobster-red look quicker. The South East of England alone has been forecast an 8 over the coming week – a measurement considered ‘very high’ and one which comes with severe weather warnings to the public, warning them to stay safe and responsible in the sun.

The scale is designed specifically to warn the public when there is an increased risk to health from the excessive UV radiation, which can lead to sunburn, skin cancer and cataracts.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, and experts believe that four out of five cases of the disease could have been prevented if the right precautions, such as adequate sunscreen application, had been implemented.

Protecting yourself against UV rays is beneficial and important in the long-term. Excessive UV radiation directly damages the DNA structure within your skin cells, and if it doesn’t repair itself, it means the cells can mutate and develop into skin cancer.

It’s important that if you would like to spend time in the sun, that you take all the necessary precautions in order to protect your skin. You can use shade, extra clothing and at least an SPF 15 sunscreen in order to protect adequately against the damaging rays.

Similar warnings are being put in place for people looking to go away on a sunshine break this summer. Abroad, UV ray exposure can be worse, especially in places such as Darwin, Australia and Bangkok, Thailand. If you are planning on heading to the sunshine states this weekend, make sure that you protect yourself well against the sun.

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