Don’t forget to factor in number one
MUMS and dads in Bury are being urged to set an example and better protect themselves from the sun.
A new survey from YouGov has revealed thousands of parents in the North West frequently forget to look after their skin in strong sunshine.
Around 590,000 mums and dads of children aged 16 and under admit they miss oiling up their own skin because they are concentrating on protecting their children instead.
Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for the North West, said: “While most mums and dads are great at ensuring their kids are protected with hats, sunglasses and sunscreen, it’s clear that when it comes to their own sun safety - many are putting themselves last.
“In the North West around 1,400 people are now diagnosed with malignant melanoma each year, which is why we’ve joined forces with Nivea Sun to raise vital awareness and funds for research.
“By following some simple tips and taking care not to burn — parents can ensure their whole family can enjoy the sun safely for the rest of this summer.”
Jane, aged 39, of Moorside Road, Tottington, added: “I always make sure that Rosie is protected in strong sun so she doesn’t burn and try and do the same for myself but I can imagine how easy it is for busy parents to forget to look after their own skin. “ When asked about protecting their children’s skin in strong sun in the UK, 69 per cent of parents surveyed said they always ensure that their child is wearing at least factor 15 sunscreen compared with only 20 per cent who always apply it to their own skin.
More than half — 58 per cent — make sure their children are always covered up with clothing, a hat or sunglasses when the sun is strong while just over one in 10 (12 per cent) parents do the same.
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