I think people should know that sunburn is associated

with an increased risk of skin cancer.

The most dangerous form of skin cancer

is a condition called malignant melanoma.

Every time the sun's out I'm like, "Go out in the garden! Sunbathe!"

I never was a sunbather.

I can't say I really like the hot weather.

But I can think of a couple of instances as a young teenager when I was burnt.

I'd go out on the beach for, say, the first hour

without any sun cream on,

thinking, "At least if my legs go a bit pink, I will tan."

Obviously people come here to sunbathe just as much as to use the pool

and people don't put on sun cream,

and so every day you see people going home looking like lobsters.

The mole was here on my leg

and in March last year it developed a scab over the top and then it bled.

I went to the dermatologist a couple of weeks later

and I was told that it was melanoma.

It goes into your lymph system and can travel round your body

and turn up anywhere.

Now I'm at the stage where I have melanoma in my liver,

adrenal glands, spleen and in my lungs.

(woman) The skin type's a reflection of how a skin will respond in the sun,

how it burns and how it tans.

At one end we have people with Type One skin.

They're usually red-haired, blue- or green-eyed,

they will always burn in the sun.

At the other end of the spectrum we have Type Six skin,

which is African, Afro-Caribbean skin type,

who very rarely burn

and don't need to be as scrupulous about sun protection

as somebody with Type One skin.

As teenager I went on sunbeds all the time because I wanted to look brown.

I'm quite pale-skinned so I don't think it's very good.

I stopped going on sunbeds when I realised the danger of it

and the damage it does to your skin

and the fact that I'm at high risk of getting skin cancer, I've got moles.

You don't know how strong the sun is.

I don't think people realise how much damage you can get here in the UK.

- Things like skin cancer. - Yeah.

And it just makes you look old as well.

Old and wrinkly.

I'd rather look young and be less tanned.

The British summer,

people think it's not that hot and the sun's not that strong,

but my advice is to anyone spending the day here,

they need to be wearing protective sun cream.

In the UK if you're out between 11 and 3 between April and October

for more than 20 minutes,

depending on your skin type, there's an increasing risk of sunburn.

I go red and then I go brown, so if I'm not red enough I won't go brown enough.

You can still tan with the sun cream on, so you need to use it.

The most important message is protect children in particular from sunburn.

It can be difficult to persuade children

to dress appropriately in the sun or to use sunscreens.

There are lots of increasing numbers of ways now of getting round that.

I don't really take them out in the afternoon sun when it's really hot.

So we're just sensible how we expose ourselves to the sun

and they wear these little suits or T-shirts.

If I do forget to put it on them you can see where they're red.

(woman) There are two main types of ultraviolet radiation

you need to protect against.

UVB, which causes skin burning and is associated with skin cancer risk,

and UVA, which is associated with tanning and with skin ageing.

UVB protection is indicated on a sunscreen by the SPF factor

and we would usually recommend at least a factor 15,

depending on skin type possibly higher.

I used that oil. It was factor 2 and attracts the sun. That's about it.

If I could go back in time I certainly would not have that attitude again

because now I'm living constantly with the fear of melanoma coming back,

all for the sake of a tan that you can just as easily get out of a bottle.

At the moment I'm just enjoying my time with my family,

which is sometimes difficult

because I don't know if I will be here this time next year,

but I just want to urge people to always take care of themselves in the sun

and just try and stop that even little remote chance of anything bad happening.