Helpful hints

Sun protection

Protect your face and neck with a wide-brimmed hat and always wear sunglasses (with a guaranteed ultraviolet light filter) in strong sunlight. Use a high skin protection factor sun cream (SPF 15-30) on any skin exposed to the sun. Follow the instructions on the bottle and reapply as recommended, particularly after swimming.

Wear clothing made of cotton or natural fibres, as these have a closer weave an doffer more protection against the sun. As the sun protection value of different fibres varies, it’s possible that you may need to use some of the other types of protection as well as covering up with clothing.

Never allow your skin to burn.

Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day – usually between 11am and 3pm. Try to sit in the shade, even at other times of the day.

Preventing blood clots:

  • If you are worried that you may be at risk of developing a blood clot when you travel, it's best to discuss this with the specialist treating you. They can advise you whether you need to have treatment that can help to prevent blood clots.
  • Discuss with your doctors whether you should wear special compression socks during your travels.
  • All air travellers should drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids during flights.
  • On any type of journey it is helpful to walk around or do leg exercises regularly.

Condition-specific information

Further information on conditions that may be affecting you or those around you:

Support Groups

Visit the NHS inform Support Services Directory to search for local organisations that may help with the issues you are facing:

Last updated: 29 March 2012

This content was supplied by Macmillan Cancer Support.