Chris Elmore, Labour MP for Ogmore, has called on constituents to take steps to protect themselves from the risks of sun damage after having his own skin checked over in Parliament.
Meeting with Sanofi Genzyme, a global life sciences company, and the Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity at an event in Parliament last week, the Ogmore MP had his skin screened for damage that may be invisible to the naked eye.
Cancer Research UK found that there were nearly 16,000 new cases of skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 across the UK.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“Given this particularly hot spell we’ve had recently, it’s absolutely vital that local residents wear sufficient sun screen, even when out and about in the UK.
“Lots of sun damage to skin is incurred in the UK, rather than when people are on holiday, and much of this damage is not visible to the naked eye until it has developed into something more sinister.
“If you’re ever unsure about any moles or other skin abnormalities which have changed in appearance, please seek the attention of your doctor – it is much better to catch these things sooner rather than later.”
This work follows the recent efforts made by Rhondda MP, Chris Bryant, to raise awareness of this issue following his melanoma diagnosis earlier this year.