Summer killer lurking on the beach7th August 2007
Britons abroad have for decades enjoyed a love affair with tanning "the Mediterranean way", using olive or coconut oil to roast themselves to a darker shade of mahogany.
But when Nicola Hession, of Hollywood, Birmingham, saw her friends rubbing the sun lotion substitute into their skin while holidaying in Greece, she could not believe it.
The 24-year-old financial administrator, who was enjoying a sunshine break in Greece, knows all about covering up in the sun.
With her pale Celtic complexion Miss Hession had always been careful, but a shock diagnosis of malignant melanoma - skin cancer - two years ago had shown her how important it is to be vigilant in the sun.
"I've got traditional Irish colouring with very pale skin, so I've always been conscious to not over-expose myself in the sun," said Miss Hession.
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