You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by avoiding overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or artificial sources (eg. sun-beds).

We want everyone in Ireland to learn to Protect & Inspect their skin. Below are must-read articles and resources to help you understand why it’s important to protect yourself and how to inspect your skin thoroughly!

If you concerned about a change or growth on your skin, you should always see your GP or dermatologist.

Remember, whether at home or abroad this summer, occasional, intense sun exposure and sunburn increases skin cancer risk. More about melanoma and skin cancer here.

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Irish people underestimate how pale they really are – is this leading to dangerous behaviour in the sun?

24/07/2018

Sweltering temperatures and long sunny days have been with us for weeks, making summer 2018 a record breaker It is really important that we enjoy the outdoors in a healthy manner and without potentially damaging our skin – this year’s Protect & Inspect campaign looks at our attitudes to our skin and how it reacts to the sun At the end of last year’s campaign the Irish Skin Foundation...

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How long should I apply sunscreen before going out in the sun?

24/07/2018

There are many different types of sunscreens available including creams, gels and lotions, and when applied properly, will provide good protection When choosing a sunscreen ensure that it is broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30+, with high UVA protection, and water resistant if you intend to swim Also check that it has a valid expiry...

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What time of the day are UV rays at their strongest?

24/07/2018

UV radiation in sunlight damages our skin UV radiation cannot be seen or felt (infrared radiation causes heat, not UV) It can damage skin on cool Cloudy days and hot sunny days UV radiation comes directly from the sun and is influenced by many factors including Latitude Time of the day Time of year Altitude Reflection The Global solar UV index is a scale that was develpoed...

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How often should I reapply sunscreen?

24/07/2018

Even though we know this already, recent studies have revealed that peoples approach to sunscreen is often slap-dash, when applying sunscreen properly before going outdoors and then not reapplying every two hours as recommended There are many factors that can affect sunscreens ability to be as effective as long as they are supposed to be These include, Apply enough sunscreen – an...

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Know your skin type! The effects of sunlight are not the same for everyone:

27/06/2017

About Melanin Melanin is a pigment that gives skin, eyes, and hair their colour It also provides some protection against skin damage from the sun and is responsible for tanning There are different types: dark skin contains more ‘eumelanin’, while lighter skin has more ‘pheomelanin’ Eumelanin is thought to provide a greater level of protection from the sun The Fitzpatrick skin type...

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What is solar UV radiation and why you need to know about it…?

27/06/2017

What is solar ultraviolet radiation Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is one of the three major components of sunlight, which include visible light and infrared (heat) UV is divided into three categories, classified according to wavelength: UVA, UVB and UVC The ozone layer blocks all UVC and most (90% or more) of UVB, while UVA passes through the atmosphere relatively unchanged Therefore, the two types...

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Confused about the UV index?

27/06/2017

What is the Global Solar UV index Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is a component of sunlight The Global Solar UV index is a scale that was developed by the World Health Organisation which measures the UV radiation level at the surface of the Earth, and gives an indication of the potential for skin damage Overexposure to UV radiation can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage (including cataracts)...

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Clouds, water, glass: surprising things that solar UV can pass through

27/06/2017

Do you know that over 90% of UV can pass through light cloud, at half a metre depth under water UV is still 40% as intense as at the surface, and some UV can pass through glass! We're all becoming more aware of the importance of sun protection when outdoors but you may be surprised to know that chronic exposure of the skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation over many years in ‘indoor settings’...

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No sunscreen can provide 100% sun protection

27/06/2017

The role of sunscreen Alongside other protective measures, such as clothing and shade, sunscreens play an important preventative role against the acute and long term effects of overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, including: sunburn, skin damage, premature ageing of the skin and skin cancer Solar UV radiation UV radiation is a component of sunlight and is divided into...

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10 Sun Safety Top Tips You Need To Know Now

27/06/2017

Before you pack up the family or jet away to sunnier climes, spare a thought for your vulnerable skin! Most people living in Ireland have skin type 1 or 2 which means they are particularly at risk from too much sun exposure Did you know that too much sun leads to skin ageing, including wrinkles and unsightly spots, or that you can get sunburnt on a cloudy day and even under the...

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Sunbeds cause skin cancer when used exactly as intended…

27/06/2017

It’s official, there is no safe limit for exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from sunbeds, according to independent scientific committee Skin cancer in Ireland Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland Yet, in most cases, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer There are two main types: non-melanoma (including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma), and...

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Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide, Seek – the 5 ‘Ss’ of Sun Safety!

27/06/2017

5 ESSENTIALS TO PACK FOR YOUR SUN HOLIDAY Sunscreen: choose one with a SPF of at least 30+, with UVA and UVB protection, and water-resistant if you intend to swim Sun-protective clothing that is dark and tightly woven (when you hold it up to the light, you shouldn't see any light coming through) A wide brimmed hat UV protective sunglasses Portable shade such as an...

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Additional Resources

Going on holiday: find out more about sun safety for holidays

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Download our Protect and Inspect your skin leaflet for further information

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