Hundreds of people across Wales have been taking the opportunity to get advice on reducing their skin cancer risk as part of the national community pharmacy based public health campaign Here Comes the Sun.
Returns submitted to Community Pharmacy Wales (CPW) by participating pharmacies indicate that literally hundreds of people attended for a consultation with their pharmacist and completed a short quiz aimed at testing their knowledge about the risks from exposure to the sun. Those returns show that 40% of participating pharmacies have referred one or more patients to their GP to have a mole investigated further.
The Here Comes the Sun campaign is being run by CPW in association with Public Health Wales and is actively supported by the Welsh cancer charity Tenovus.
With one more week to go in May and more sunshine forecast, community pharmacies in the high street are ideally placed to give out sun safety messages in the run up to the summer holidays.
The campaign has also been supported by RNLI lifeguards who visited Fferyllfa Newport Pharmacy in Pembrokeshire this week to learn sun safety messages and how to watch out for warning signs in moles when they are out on the beaches looking after the rest of us.