NICE recommends greater use of sunscreens at school and work to prevent skin cancer

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 26 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4641
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Schools should encourage children and young people to wear high factor sunscreen when outside in the sun, and workplaces should support outdoor workers to reduce sun exposure, recommends draft public health guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the prevention of skin cancer.

    The guidance recommends greater focus on people at particularly high risk from sun exposure. This includes encouraging schools to develop policies designed to protect children and young people, and encouraging workplaces to implement measures to reduce sun exposure in outdoor workers.

    Educational and leisure settings should develop strategies “to ensure children and young people do not get sunburnt and minimise their overexposure to the sun,” the draft guidance suggests. These should include encouraging parents …

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