Every day in the UK THIRTY SEVEN people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Despite this alarming figure two thirds of people questioned said they felt HEALTHIER with a tan.
According to a OnePoll and GMB research published today, 75% of people have been sunburnt on holiday, 36% say their child has been burnt and 16% say they think getting burnt results in a better tan.
12% of people say they don't use suncream while 64% said they feel happier and healthier with a tan.
Dr Hilary Jones and Ranvir Singh are in Benidorm advising holidaymakers on the dangers of sunbathing.
WHO IS MOST AT RISK?
1) Anyone with a history of sunburn or recreational exposure to sunlight.
2) Risk is high if you had episodes of sunburn in childhood.
3) Risk is high for users of sun beds.
Fair skinned people with light coloured hair and eyes or those more likely to burn than tan are more at risk of skin cancer. This is because their skin makes less of protective pigment called melanin. People with black skin are less likely to get skin cancer but they can be at risk in areas not exposed to sun e.g. soles of feet and palms of hands.
HEATSTROKE AND BLISTERING
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are two related health conditions from sunbathing.
Heat exhaustion is where a person experiences fatigue as a result of a decrease in blood pressure and blood volume. It's caused by a loss of body fluids and salts after being exposed to heat for a prolonged period of time.
Someone with heat exhaustion may feel sick, faint and sweat heavily. If a person with heat exhaustion is quickly taken to a cool place and is given water to drink, and if excess clothing is removed, they should start to feel better within half an hour and have no long-term complications. However, without treatment, they could develop heatstroke
Heatstroke is a more serious condition than heat exhaustion. It occurs when the body's temperature becomes dangerously high due to excessive heat exposure. The body is no longer able to cool itself and starts to overheat.
Signs of heatstroke include dry skin, vertigo, confusion, headache , thirst, nausea, rapid shallow breathing (hyperventilation) and muscle cramps.
Suspected heatstroke should always be regarded as a medical emergency, and you should dial 999 to request an ambulance.