Gardeners told to watch their backs!

Gardeners told to watch their backs!

 A new campaign urging men to review their sun protection habits and get their backs checked regularly for the warning signs of skin cancer.

Charlie Dimmock and Alan Titchmarsh have joined a host of horticultural organisations in supporting Watch Your Back!, a new campaign urging men to review their sun protection habits and get their backs checked regularly for the warning signs of skin cancer.

Men over 50 are at the highest risk of developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. In men, it typically appears on the back, head or neck. Because these areas are harder to spot, diagnosis tends to happen later than for women. The campaign features The Gardeners’ Sun Safety Code, a set of guidelines on sun protection and how to check skin for signs of change.

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Charlie Dimmock says, “Getting active outdoors is a positively healthy thing to do at any age, however we ALL need to be more aware of the dangers of the sun. Men especially can be reluctant when it comes to applying sunscreen, visiting their doctor or checking their skin for signs of change. With this attitude not only do we all risk melanoma, but all other sun-related cancers.”

Gardeners are being challenged to enter The Great 60 Second Gardening Quiz, with questions against the clock and prizes from Spear & Jackson, Thompson & Morgan, Ladival sunscreen and the RHS for the top 50 scores. Each entry costs £1, with proceeds helping to raise awareness of melanoma and funding research.

Find out more and enter the quiz at http://www.watchyourback.melanoma-fund.co.uk/

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