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A Quarter of Cornwall Never Buys Suncream

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6:02am 28th June 2012

Cornwall is warned it is putting itself at more risk of skin cancer.

Pirate FM has learnt a quarter of us have never bought sun lotion.

One in five has not got a clue what UVA, UVB and SPF mean.

We spoke to shoppers in Pool and only one could tell us exactly what they mean. You can find out what they do mean here.

 
Cornwall is already the skin cancer capital of Britain. Caroline Chapman from the Duchy's Sunsafe project is visiting schools in the hope that educating children as soon as possible will help protection become second nature. She said, "The key messages are don't burn, if you spend time outside cover up, seek shade if you get too hot, stay hydrated, wear SPF factor protection; ideally if you're skin type one or a child you should be wearing 30-50."

She is also telling them about a new app to assess the risk. "The younger generations are enjoying it and also parents are trying to encourage their children and teenagers to download it, so when they do go outside they get used to checking what sort of protection they should be wearing that day for their specific skin type"

For more advice click here.

6:02am 28th June 2012

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