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Sun warning from Welsh cancer charity

Welsh beaches are popular with sunbathers. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

A Welsh cancer charity is warning people to take extra care as they prepare for a Sunday in the sun.

Recent figures from Tenovus show malignant melanoma is now one of the most common cancers in people aged 15-35 and cases have almost quadrupled in the last 30 years.

The charity is touring beaches, schools and parks in an ice cream van to raise awareness of the risks of sitting out in the sun.

'Better sun advice needed', Welsh Government told

An Assembly Committee report is urging the Welsh Government to improve the way it promotes its sun protection guidelines for schools.

The inquiry, by the Children and Young People Committee, found that while guidelines did exist, more needed to be done to promote awareness of the guidelines and to encourage development of individual school policies.

While there is guidance on safeguarding children in education there is nothing that would prevent schools from applying sunscreen.

It is up to individual schools to determine their own policy and procedures in respect of sun safety which ensures the welfare of their pupils."

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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