Last week we visited the Somerset County Cricket Club boys at their home ground. Melanoma UK were on their yearly visit to test the boys skin for any damage caused by the sun; melanoma is the term for skin cancer. Most skin cancer is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light damaging the DNA in skin cells. The main source of UV light is sunlight (NHS.co.uk).
We got a chance to talk with some of the team and ask them why it is so important to be tested when playing a sport like cricket. As Marcus Trescothick says… “it’s really important that we’re always looking after our skin. We need all the help we can get; we spend a lot of time in the sun. It’s very important that we’re on top of it by getting our skin tested as much as we can”.
Melanoma UK are a charity bringing awareness to the severity of skin cancer and the importance of treating your skin with great care. The charity is 10 years old and have a team of medical experts to help raise awareness of the disease and vitally, supporting advanced melanoma patients with their treatment. Founder and key worker of Melanoma UK Gillian Nuttall has a great relationship with Somerset County Cricket Club and has been testing their skin annually for a few years.
Taking care of your skin is paramount to good health and using products like an SPF to reduce the risk of damage from the sun is the best way to ensure you’re protected when exposed. Don’t just take our word for it, see the what the team said below in their testimonials.
- What’s happening today at the club? “We’ve had our melanoma screening to check for cancerous moles and we’ve also been checking out your SPF15 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser to make our skin protected & look more youthful!”
- Why is it so important to have your skin checked? “We play out in the sun 6 months of the year & expose our skin to huge volumes of sun & UV rays. It’s essential to get checked annually & make sure we keep healthy & safe”
- What can you do to protect your skin in the sun? “As cricketers we try to use sun blockers as much as possible, top up during the day, wear a hat and keep your collar up. When you’re younger you’re a bit naïve to it all but the older you get you realise how important it is”
- Digressing, what’s your personal highlight of the season? “There have been a few stand out games and a few close ones at our home ground. The Durham game springs to mind and the Surrey game, both games we looked like we were going to lose and came through to win. On a personal note, probably getting my first one day hundred in front of a home crowd was pretty special”