Safety talks to help protect grafters in Royston sun

Macmillan mascot.

Macmillan mascot. - Credit: Archant

A cancer charity will join forces with a Royston business to help promote Sun Awareness Week.

Grafters such as builders who work outdoors are at greater risk of skin cancer, and from Monday until next Sunday, May 10, building materials supplier Minster in York Way will hold information sessions in-store on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “With a largely male workforce and a predominantly male supplier and customer base, Minster is perfectly placed to support Macmillan in this campaign to help raise awareness among this hard to reach audience.”

Skin cancer and sun awareness information will be provided, as well as further details about local Macmillan support services.

Men are a target for cancer charities due to the fact that they are less aware – and therefore are less likely to report – symptoms than women, despite being 60 per cent more at risk.

Macmillan clinical nurse specialist Carol Goodman said: “Skin cancer is often overlooked but the numbers of people being diagnosed have risen fivefold since the 1970s.”

Visit www.macmillan.org.uk/sunaware for more.