Nothing beats a beautiful sunny day, except maybe a song about a beautiful sunny day. But nothing spoils a nice sunny day like the pain of a sunburn. 75% of the Irish population have a fair complexion, and burn easily and tan with difficulty, or not at all. They are most at risk of skin cancer. Getting painful sunburn once every 2 years triples your risk of melanoma skin cancer. 9 out of every 10 cases are caused by UV rays from the sun or sunbeds.
Overexposure to UV rays, which leads to tanning, redness or burning of the skin, causes damage to skin cells. While much of this damage is repaired some remains and can lead to skin cancer later in life.
It is especially important to protect babies and children as much of the UV damage that leads to skin cancer takes place in the early years of life.
Ireland has over 11,000 cases of skin cancer per year so it is s really important that everyone takes necessary precautions to reduce their risk of sun damage.
Turn the radio up, dance around the garden and enjoy the glorious sun safely!
A message from Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager, Irish Cancer Society
For more information, visit Irish Cancer Society.