In the summer time, when the weathers fine.

johnnydodStarred Page By johnnydod, 24th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3-l7m0jo/
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As Mungo Jerry sang "In the summer time when the weather is high
You can chase right up and touch the sky
When the weather's right
You got women, you got women on your mind
But be warned.

Remember the sun is also a killer

Now that the good weather is here (At last) 31c in the UK today we all ought to think about protecting ourselves against skin cancer, did you know that more than 13,000 people contract skin cancer (melanoma) each year in the UK.

This type of cancer is caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and in some cases sunbeds, by avoiding sunbeds and taking care not to burn (By burn I don’t mean peeling raw skin, just by letting your skin go red means it’s burnt) you can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, you can still enjoy the sun but in small doses.

A badly burned arm

We are not all the same, for some people the risk is greater those who have fair skin, your hair colour is also a factor if you have red or fair hair and blue or green eyes, you are more likely to burn easer, another factor is if you have lots of moles or freckles.

But help is there in the form of sunscreen creams and lotions, these are measured in sun protection factor (spf), from a low factor rate to anything up to 50 factor, the best time to sun bathe is in the early morning and late afternoon, the suns intensity of ultraviolet radiation is at its greatest from 10.30am until 4.00 pm that’s the time to avoid sitting in the sun.

Sun screens come in all factors, make 15 the lowest

The UV index is how the suns strength is measured, a rough guide is at night the UV index is 0 and at midday its 10 that of course depends where in the world you live, and what time of the year it is, in the UK it rarely reaches 7 at midday and that’s on a sunny day, between October and March in the UK the UV index is normally lower than 3.
An hourly forecast is available via the Met office website,

If you use a factor 15 sunscreen which I think is the minimum, and after a while find you are going pink, it’s a sure sign that you need to up the factor rate, and remember young skin is a lot more delicate than yours, so take extra precautions with young children, and babies should never be left in the sun.

Cover up, clothing can protect you from burning

The old adage that prevention is better than cure is worth remembering if you find unusual moles or any skin changes GO TO YOUR DOCTOR straight away, it could save your life, remember sunscreen is not a 100% protection against skin cancer, you also need to cover up and keep in the shade, the sun is lovely but it’s also a killer, take care.

If its vitamin D you are after, a five minute sit in the sun will give you all the vitamin D you need.
Useful address
UK Met office
Cancer research uk

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
24th Jul 2012 (#)

This melanoma survivor says: Right on!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Jul 2012 (#)

sunblock is a redheads best friend:0)...and their nana's too-lol...great article and warnings,a very fun presentation...thanks johnnydod

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author avatar stevetheblogger
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Johnny as usual wonderful article I was singing the title before I even got into the article good times. My Wife unfortunately has just been diagnosed with melanoma we keep our fingers crossed
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
24th Jul 2012 (#)

One word of caution. SPF Factors have different values in different countries. Here in Canada they are much higher than in the UK. A UK SPF of 15 equals a North American SPF of 45.

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author avatar johnnydod
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Good info Peter I didn't know that

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
24th Jul 2012 (#)

I found that out shortly after moving to Canada.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Jul 2012 (#)

I never heard of Mungo Jerry, Johnny but a great job on the article.

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author avatar johnnydod
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Oh Jerry, I can remember a hot summers day driving through the Swedish countryside listening to Mungo Jerry, it was a big big hit.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
24th Jul 2012 (#)

One for Jerry "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry actually reached number 3 on the Billboard charts in 1970. I am certain you have heard the song even if you do not know the band.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Excellent warning for summer. Also of course do not leave kids or pets in cars with windows done up, even cracked a bit is not enough.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Great work johnnydod.

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author avatar LOVERME
24th Jul 2012 (#)

she soils without a bat of an eye ..
and kicks wikinuts
who don't feel shy
i don't know why
ere i print something
she bloats one out of her tummy and
she thinks she's alls shit
she is
JOHNNY
do take pains and let outsiders outside remain
it does all on wiki harm
and pain hope you are listening not in vain..

JOHNNY DO YOU KNOW THE ADMINISTRATOR ??
DO SOMETHING PLEASE ITS NAUSEATING SEEING HER ON EVERY POEM OF MINE ..

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author avatar johnnydod
24th Jul 2012 (#)

you have the Delete option Loverme

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author avatar Denise O
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Johnny, a great article pointing out the dangers of too much sun. Back in the 70's heck, we would use cooking oil, unreal! As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Buzz
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Hi, Johnny, this is it. feel the moment...lol

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Most people think they are getting Viatmin D from the Sun but the best time to get it is usually early in the morning when the rays are the least harsh.
The Noon time sun is mature and very hot but it bring a lot of untold maladies along with it which is not just a Sunburn but also swooning, dehydration amongst other things.
While the above pictures show that the people are burnt on skin, it is their irrational exposure that has caused them wherein these individuals have exposed their bodies to the sun with callous disregard to the fact that the Ozone layer has has a tear causing a little extra than normal exposure of the Alpha, Beta and Gamma along with the Cosmic Blend.
While the cosmic Blend rays are continuous it is the other rays that cause the problem and the best way to eliminate the dangers is to dress properly get a sunscreen and above all know your body and what it is capable and how much exposure it is allowed to have.
Personally I am photosensitive but am also a professional swimmer. Have been exposed and burnt before but have adequate melanin too. What I used to do is take part during my competitions use a very powerful Sunscreen and then once my event was over, shower, clean, change and get ready for the next event with my sunscreen on again.
Always keep an anti-histamine with you as my symptom is first break into hives, severe itching and then dehydration and burning skin. I always sit in Castor Oil after that and let me heal, its soothing and its healing although it takes time to clean out that exposure that was created. It keeps you alive and yet at the same time makes you think of the future wherein you limit the amount of exposure although if it is really needed get back to it with adequate protection which will also save others the pain of crying for the loss of your life.

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author avatar johnnydod
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Thats what I have just said

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Never use a Sunbed, it has higher chances for cancer because the rays are artificial, choose the direct approach and if you really want to tan use coconut oil, it gives you the shade you need and quickly as it creates a film and absorbs the rays to get a tan. But then again do it with caution.

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author avatar johnnydod
24th Jul 2012 (#)

I think I said that as well

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Personally use Derma Sun, if its not available I go for the Cancer Society recommended suncreen which is SPF 30. Personally use a SPF 50 because my skin is extremely sensitive despite being a darker shade than many of the people around.

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author avatar Don Rothra
26th Jul 2012 (#)

Nice work

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author avatar Judy Ellen
31st Jul 2012 (#)

Great article with a very important warning!! Years ago people thought that laying out in the sun to get a tan was healthy. Nowadays we know better! Thanks for the heads up!!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
2nd Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you, Johnny. I cannot be in the Texas sun for more than a few minutes. Send me over some canned English breezes. I have some London fog in a can.

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author avatar Nitul anand
5th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for enhancing my brain... !!!

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