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Don’t be a lobster! Consultant Dermatologist visits Admiral

Signs warning the public ‘Don't be a lobster’ have been going up across Welsh beaches in a new campaign to highlight the dangers posed by the sun. Last week Admiral staff were lucky enough to have a visit from Consultant Dermatologist, Dr. Patel who offered general advice and talked about looking after your skin and the “Don’t be a lobster” campaign.

“People need to be aware of the sun and sun associated risks.” Said Dr. Patel who is working in partnership with Skin Care Cymru. “Wales has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the UK, with exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays the main cause.”

Despite sunbathing giving us a feeling of having more energy, providing us with a release of endorphins and vitamin D, too much sun can be very harmful to us. Dr. Patel discussed the long term damage of sunbathing with a surprising 70% of aging being a result of skin damage from the sun.

For anyone who has any concerns with regards to moles and the like, advice was to visit your local GP who will take a look.

The Skin Care Cymru campaign is being backed by Hollywood and Welsh screen star Matthew Sheen and rugby referee Nigel Owens, as well as the Abertawe Bro Morganwg University Health Board.

Skin Care Cymru is dedicated to helping anyone with a skin disease in Wales and is now in talks with other Welsh councils to put up the ‘Dont be a lobster’ signs at their beaches too.