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Last Updated: Thursday August 09 2007 06:13 GMT

I'm worried about the sun's rays

Press Packer Georgia with her hat and glasses

Press Packer Georgia loves to get into the sun but she's also worried about the dangers of skin cancer.

She finds out how much damage the sun can cause to your skin and what you can do to stop it.

"I love getting outside and playing when it's hot but it's important to take care because of the sun's harmful ultra-violet rays.

School lunchtimes are the hottest part of the day. I always bring sun cream to school but not everyone in my school does.

It's a real concern for me because my grandad has had skin cancer.

He didn't use sun cream when he was younger. It probably would've helped him.

To find out how much harm the sun can cause, my grandad and I had a special photo taken.

The camera showed skin damage which you can't see with your eyes.


I took the photos to a skin expert in Manchester to find out a bit more. He's a professor who helps people who have skin cancer.

He said that playing in the sun can be good for you in small amounts and it doesn't always cause skin cancer.

He told me that it's important to look after your skin now so that it's not damaged when you are older.

Top Tips

The professor also gave me some useful tips on keeping safe in the sun

  • Always cover-up in the sun. A t-shirt, hat and sunglasses will help.
  • Stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun is hottest.
  • Use a sun cream with a high factor like 30 to block UV rays.

If you do all this you should have a great and safe summer."

Georgia, 11, Oxford

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