Enjoy the beautiful weather but remember to be smart in the sun.
Be smart in the sun:
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland. In 2013, just over 10,000 new cases of skin cancer were diagnosed in this country. Most cases of skin cancer are caused by UV rays from the sun. This section shows you how to reduce your risk by following the SunSmart code from April to September when in Ireland–whatever the weather. Enjoy the beautiful weather but remember to be smart in the sun.
Getting too much sun can be harmful whatever your age. It exposes your skin to ultra violet radiation (UV rays) that can damage your skin and lead to skin cancer. The SunSmart code tells you to seek shade, cover up, wear sunglasses and sunscreen and check the UV Index to get the best protection possible.
You probably protect your skin when on holidays abroad or on really hot sunny days at home. But that isn’t enough. When in Ireland get into the habit of protecting your skin every day from April to September, whatever the weather.
Even in spring and autumn, when the weather is still cool, UV levels can high enough to cause damage. Using sunscreen alone is not enough.
Follow the Irish Cancer Society’s SunSmart Code to stay safe in the sun and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. For more information click here.