Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. About 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Melanoma, a more dangerous type of skin cancer, accounted for more than 73,000 cases of skin cancer in 2015.
Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous of all type of skin cancer causing the majority of skin-cancer-related deaths. Cancer Research UK advise that more than 13,000 people a year develop malignant melanoma - the most deadly type of skin cancer. Cases have soared seven-fold in the past 40 years and it is expected that there will be as many as 20,000 cases per year by 2027. In 1975, the figure was just 1,800.
The shock rise is blamed on the legacy of sunshine package holidays which became popular in the 1960s. The UK has the second highest rate of skin cancer in Europe and is now the second most common cancer between the ages of 15 and 34. The continuing obsession with sporting a tan means the toll keeps rising.
Cancer Research UK launched their SunSmart campaign with the message that there is hope of halting this alarming rise. Melanoma skin cancer is largely preventable. The most important thing you can do to protect your skin is to not burn in the first place. Many of the patients being diagnosed today suffered cancer-causing sunburn in their youth.
SunSmart recommend buying a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 and to look out for sunscreens that are broad-spectrum and offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays. An SPF30+ sunscreen filters out 97% of UVB radiation.
The problem with traditional suntan creams and lotions is that they are often sticky and uncomfortable to wear, need topping up frequently after swimming of perspiring, and leave a greasy residue on hands, clothes and at the bottom of your bag. Techniblock is different! It's so lightweight and easy to apply, you'll feel like you're not even wearing sunscreen. More importantly, it offers highly effective broad spectrum protection against harmful and damaging UV rays and is endorsed by the Cancer Association of South Africa, where it has been developed, as a preventative measure against skin cancer.
Techniblock is affiliated with the PGA (Professional Golfers Association), helping to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a good quality sun protection on the course, and the RYA (Royal Yachting Association), protecting boaters both on and in the water.