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'Our health always seems much more important after we lose it'
I had the experience this year (2006) of spending a few days at Cricket with a person who has had skin cancer for quite a few years and it was, to say the least, very eye opening to what can happen when over exposing yourself to the sun.
It always gets me that we must be about the only European country which, when the sun comes out, love walking down to the shops or milling about with nothing on the top halves of our body.
There is a common attitude of 'it's always someone else' and it is for this reason that cases of skin cancer have risen to over 60,000 people getting it.
There are basically three forms of skin cancer,
If you are changing your life to a more outdoor one, this must be of importance to you during hot weather.
The advice is really quite simply - COVER UP and only show your skin to the sun when you need to rather than when you want to.
I'm no medical geru in any way, but meeting this chap and seeing the obvious discomfort he had plus the open appearance does put the message accross.
I for one have a history of sun worshipping, I brown by looking out the back door and other people say how much healthier I look during the summer months - but am I paying the price ? Are you?
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