Skin Cancer Awareness Month: New Information Video

SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH This May marks Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and to support this, the Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) have launched a new information video resource for people affected by skin cancer. The video resource, presented by Dr Rupert Barry, Consultant Dermatologist, St James’s Hospital, provides information on what causes skin cancer; who gets […]

Get SunSmart! Children’s Art Competition

The HSE’s NCCP in collaboration with Healthy Ireland have launched of the Get SunSmart! Children’s Art Competition for its third year. The competition is open to all pre-school and primary school children and depending on their age category, to complete the SunSmart colouring sheets or draw their own picture showing how to be SunSmart. The […]

EHAI awards the John Shelley Bursary to the ISF

The Environmental Health Association Ireland (EHAI) has awarded the John Shelly Bursary to the ISF, in support of our work to raise awareness about the dangers of artificial tanning devices e.g. sunbeds, and the risks associated with overexposure to natural ultraviolet radiation emitted by the Sun. The EHAI is the professional body representing (among others) […]

Medical Independent: SkinSideOut – Addressing key skin concerns

This below article, “SkinSideOut – Addressing key skin concerns“, written by Priscilla Lynch, was published by the Medical Independent on 11th June 2023. Priscilla Lynch reports on the Irish Skin Foundation’s recent information day. On Saturday 22 April, the Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) hosted SkinSideOut, a skin health information and exhibition event in O’Reilly Hall, University […]

HSE’s NCCP and Healthy Ireland Launch Get SunSmart! Children’s Art Competition

The HSE’s National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) in collaboration with Healthy Ireland have launched the Get SunSmart! Children’s Art Competition. The competition is open to all primary school children. Depending on their age category, children are invited to complete the SunSmart colouring sheets or draw their own picture showing how to be SunSmart. There are […]

Minister Hildegarde Naughton launches National Skin Cancer Prevention Plan 2023-2026

On 22 March 2023, Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Hildegarde Naughton, launched the National Skin Cancer Prevention Plan 2023-2026, in the Department of Health1. Rising incidence of skin cancer Skin cancer* is the most common cancer in Ireland. According to the National Cancer Registry, annual average incidence during 2018-2020 was […]

Survey: Help us shape and focus ISF resources

The ISF offers trusted support through our Ask-a-Nurse Helpline and in our videos, booklets, social media posts, and website articles. It is important that our content reflects the experiences and needs of people living with or caring for people with skin conditions. Share your views and insights.  Take this short survey to help us to […]

Sun Protection for Organ Transplant Recipients

It is important that we remember that the levels of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun start rising in Ireland from April, and protection from the damaging effects of UV is very important. Many people have the idea that the Irish sun does not cause skin cancer; that it is the hot sun in Spain […]

Ireland AM SunSmart Interview

Listen back to Shirley telling her story on Ireland AM, Virgin Media about developing melanoma skin cancer that almost cost her her life. Consultant Dermatologist, Professor Anne-Marie Tobin also gives advice on how protect your skin and be #SunSmart this Summer! Click to Watch! For more media coverage on SunSmart: Irish Examiner: Skin deep: Children’s skin […]

Seek shade: lessen the impact of intense sunshine

Acute and chronic effects of too much sun Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) in sunlight can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage, premature skin ageing and skin cancer. Why Seek shade? Seeking shade from direct sunlight is one of the key skin cancer prevention protective behaviours. Shade lessens the impact of intense sunshine, and along […]