Stay safe in the sun – new guidelines for anglers

We’ve all done it, rushed out at the crack of dawn loaded up with fishing gear, eager to get on the water, only to return home 12 hours later as red as a beetroot.

But the reality is skin cancer is a very real risk to everyone who spends their leisure time outside.

That’s why the Angling Trust has joined forces with Sunguarding Outdoors, run by the Melanoma Fund, to raise awareness of the risks of skin cancer and other dangers to health from fishing in the sun without adequate protection.

We’ve produced new advice – specifically for anglers – on how to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays, especially as reflected light means there will be even more UV rays when next to water.

We realise that sunscreen and fishing can be a bad mix, as none of us wants the smell of sunscreen on our bait, flies or lures which might put the fish off. These new guidelines include essential advice to allow you to protect yourself from the sun without affecting your chances of landing a fish.

Melanoma may be less common than other skin cancers, however it is much more dangerous if not found early.

There are around 16,700 new melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s 46 every day. And over the past decade, melanoma incidence rates have increased by almost two-fifths in the UK. Rates in females have increased by almost a third, while rates in males have increased by almost half.

John Cheyne, Angling Trust’s Head of Marketing, Membership & Communications, said:

“With the current spell of hot weather, it is essential that anglers protect themselves adequately from the sun. These new guidelines for anglers offer practical ways for anglers to do that without affecting the fishing, and I urge every angler to download a copy and follow the advice.”

A copy of “Fishing in the sun: Advice on how to protect yourself can be downloaded here.

More information about the Melanoma Fund and Sunguarding Outdoors can be found here.

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