Free Skin Check - Watch Your Back Campaign
This summer, Tenterden Garden Centre is proud to join over 180 major garden centres across the UK to promote Watch Your Back! a sun protection campaign backed by a team of celebrity gardeners, including Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock, Joe Swift, Toby Buckland, Andy Sturgeon, Anne Swithinbank, David Domoney and David Stevens.
The campaign, now in its second year, was devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund and is also supported by the Garden Centre Association, The Professional Gardeners Guild and The National Allotment Society.
Although melanoma is something we should all be aware of, the campaign focuses on men over 50 who spend a lot of time outdoors as they are 70% more likely to develop melanoma, typically on their backs and in areas that are hard to spot leading to a later diagnosis.
Melanoma rates in the UK have more than quadrupled over the last 30 years, however many of us, especially men, still don’t understand the need, or have the motivation to use sun protection regularly, check skin for signs of change or know what to look out for. This attitude may explain why more people in the UK die from melanoma than in Australia or New Zealand, both of which have the highest incidence in the world.
To help impact this, we are supporting the campaign and promoting the following advice to all customers:
PROTECT: Wear SP30+ sunscreen, sleeves, a hat and seek shade between 11am and 3pm
DETECT: Regularly check skin for changes and ensure you know what to look out for
PREVENT: Melanoma and other skin cancers, but enjoy your time outside
Top tips from the experts
The charity has worked with Mr Siva Kumar and Mr Samuel Orkar from the MASCU (Melanoma & Skin Cancer Unit) at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead to produce a set of sun protection tips, a guide to skin checking and information on how to keep skin healthy, designed especially for all gardeners. Visit www.melanoma-fund.co.uk/wyb
for further details.
Worried about a mole or skin blemish?
Book a free skin check at Tenterden Garden Centre
Tenterden Garden Centre will be hosting a Skin Check Clinic, overseen by Mr Siva Kumar and his team on Sunday, 30th July from 1-4pm (you will be able to find out about skin health from 10.30am). Representatives from the charity will also be there to discuss skin health and distribute full sized bottles of Ladival sunscreen (RRP £19.99) in return for a small charitable donation.