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KAYAL SUPPORTS SKIN CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

26 July 2015



Beram Kayal has teamed up with Albion in the Community (AITC) to warn local footballers about the importance of sun screen, as part of a new skin cancer awareness campaign.

The charity launched its 'Speak Up Against Skin Cancer' drive earlier this summer in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council and the local NHS.
 
AITC has now joined forces with Kayal to encourage local footballers – regardless of their ability – to take care during pre-season and early-season training sessions.

Each Albion player had the importance of sun screen explained to them during the club’s recent overseas tour and the Israeli international was only too pleased to help pass that message onto fans.

He said: "We really enjoyed our pre-season training camp, but even though we were training in the Alps it was still important to put on our sunscreen before training each morning and top it up throughout the day.

"The medical team made sure we did and now we are back in Sussex, we'll continue using it every day at Lancing and for our friendlies.

"Lots of our fans will be starting their own pre-season with their football teams so as part of Albion in the Community's Speak Up Against Skin Cancer campaign, we would like to remind fans to slap on the sunscreen before each session.

"Whether you are training in the Alps or Preston Park, it doesn't matter: put on a factor 30 sunscreen."

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It was a sentiment shared by Adam Brett, the Albion’s head of medical services. He said: "When you are starting pre-season it is important to take care in the sun - particularly if you are training or playing pre-season friendlies during the day when it is at its strongest.

"We make sure all the Albion players wear factor 30 sunscreen and I would encourage other players to the same. Skin cancer does not care what level you play at so you need to take exactly the same precautions as the Albion first team.

"It is also important to stay hydrated during training and matches so please make sure you drink a lot of water before, during and after sessions. And if you are watching matches or on the bench, try to stay out of the sun.”

The campaign has its own website (www.speakupagainstcancer.org) with details of what symptoms to look out for and advice on preventing skin cancer from developing.

Dr Tom Scanlon, director of Public Health in Brighton and Hove, is another to back the campaign.

He said: “Melanoma – a skin cancer linked to sun exposure, is predicted to rise by around a third in the next 15 years, and Brighton and Hove is already in the worst 10% of areas affected so it's worth taking precautions.
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“The safe sun message is easy: wear light protective clothing, a hat, sunglasses, factor 30+ and seek the shade when the sun is up.

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