HSE National Cancer Control Programme and Healthy Ireland urge people to be SunSmart over the bank holiday weekend

HSE National Cancer Control Programme and Healthy Ireland urge people to be SunSmart
over the bank holiday weekend 

www.hse.ie/SunSmart

As we approach the bank holiday weekend, the HSE’s National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) and Healthy Ireland are reminding people to protect their skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure by being SunSmart.

Dr Katharine Harkin, Specialist in Public Health Medicine in the HSE NCCP says “Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland with 13,000 cases diagnosed annually and this number is rising rapidly. We want to remind everyone to enjoy the sun safely and to follow the SunSmart 5 S’s to reduce your risk of skin cancer.”

Follow the Healthy Ireland SunSmart 5 S’s to protect your skin:

  •     Slip on clothing that covers your skin such as long sleeves, collared t-shirts;
  •     Slop on sunscreen on exposed areas, using factor 30+ for adults and 50+ for children;
  •     Slap on a wide-brimmed hat;
  •     Slide on sunglasses to protect your eyes.

The ultraviolet (UV) Index is an international standard measurement used by the World Health Organization to quantify the level of UV from the sun. It measures the strength of the sun’s UV rays so that you know how and when to protect your skin when outdoors. The higher the UV index, the higher the risk of skin and eye damage. When the UV index is 3 or above, you need to protect your skin and eyes by following the Healthy Ireland SunSmart 5S’s.

Met Eireann’s Evelyn Cusack says, “Whilst the weather over the Easter Holiday will be changeable with rain at times there will be some sunny spells, especially in the east of the country. The UV Index will be moderate in any sunshine so protection is required and we recommend people to be SunSmart this Easter Holiday and to keep an eye on our UV forecast on https://www.met.ie/uv-index”.

Check out the SunSmart hub at www.hse.ie/SunSmart and #SunSmart on social media for more information and resources.

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Last updated on: 15 / 04 / 2022