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2016 NICE Guidelines on Sunscreen is a Step in the Right Direction

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SunSense, the number one prescribed sunscreen in the UK, believes the new sunscreen guidelines issued today by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) mark progress, but say that there is room for improvement.

SunSense believes the best way to prevent melanoma is to protect skin from the sun and claims the UK guidelines could go further and should:

  • Encourage people to use sunscreen with the highest possible SPF, which is currently SPF50+
  • Advise people to use a broad spectrum sunscreen, protecting against both UVA and UVB rays
  • Emphasise the importance of covering exposed skin in sunscreen and reapplying at least every two hours.
  • Advise those who believe they are at a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency to talk to their doctor.


Despite stating that people should weigh up the balance between skin cancer and vitamin D deficiency, SunSense says they don't discourage unnecessary exposure to the sun, as per the recommendation in Australia.

SunSense is developed and manufactured in Australia, where the guidelines are very strict when it comes to sunscreen and where 30 years of public health campaigns have resulted in a reduction in skin cancer rates.

Australia may be known as the skin cancer capital of the world, but skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK and rates continue to rise.