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3:25pm 24th July 2013

Pirate FM has learnt that some children in Cornwall have had to be taken to hospital by teachers after getting sunburnt at home.

The headteacher at St Euny Primary in St Ives has told parents it's "unacceptable."

She says some had blisters, but no cream or painkillers.

Kim Carter from the British Association of Dermatologists said: "Skin cancer might seem like it's something that happens to old people and not to young people but actually it's now the second most common cancer type in young people aged fifteen to thirty-four, so it really is something that we have to educate people about.

"Most of our lifetime of UV damage happens before the age of twenty so it is really our behaviour when we're children and also when we're teenagers that will really impact on us later in life."

Cancer Research UK warns sunburn can double the risk of a child getting skin cancer later in life.

Spokeswoman Yinka Ebo is urging people to check their Sun Smart advice: "I'm sure most parents will and do protect their kids when they're in strong sun. It could be that we forget that actually, we can get burnt in the UK and most people only think about sun burn or sun protection when they're going on holiday to hotter, sunnier climates."

3:25pm 24th July 2013

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