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BAD response to NICE guideline on Sunlight Exposure: Benefits and Risks

The BAD agrees with the report’s statement that there is no such thing as a safe tan, as a tan is a sign of sun damage. Contrary to the report, we recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, rather than 15, as most people don't apply sunscreen thickly enough and using a higher SPF may help to increase your protection. However, protective clothing and seeking shade during the hottest parts of the day are still the first line of defence. In terms of acquiring vitamin D from the sun, we are of the position that for light skinned people who are at the highest risk of sunburn and skin cancer, the evidence of risks of sun exposure outweigh the evidence of benefits. There are other ways to get vitamin D that don't put you at risk of potentially deadly skin cancer, such as through diet and the use of supplements, and you don't need to sunbathe or sunburn for your health. We are certainly not telling people to stay out of the sun, but be sensible: know your skin type, take precautions to protect your skin when it's sunny, and don't let your skin burn.

BAD response to 'rash' comments by Jeremy Hunt

Dr Nick Levell, President-elect: "Rashes in children can be the first sign of a serious illness. There are more than 2000 different skin diseases, so it is not reasonable to expect parents, under pressure with a sick child, to be able to distinguish between serious and non-serious problems by browsing images on the internet. We encourage people to read about the best way to manage and treat illnesses, using reputable internet sites such as that provided by the British Association of Dermatologists. It is important though to get the diagnosis right first, by seeking advice from a health professional."

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