WARNING issued ahead of heatwave URGING people to be ‘sun smart’

21st Jun 18 | News

With temperatures set to soar, people are being reminded to be ‘sun smart’

With temperatures set to soar over the weekend and into next week, it’s inevitable that we’ll all nip out and try and catch as many rays as possible.

After the past few damp and dull weeks, we are due a nice sunny warm spell after all.

But with the arrival of the good weather, which is set to be some of the warmest weather this year so far with chances of record breaking temperatures, comes a reminder to be ‘sun smart’.

The Marie Keating Foundation is reminding people to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Liz Yeates, CEO, Marie Keating Foundation and skin cancer survivor says: “As a nation we love to get out when the sun shines, but it is important that we look after our skin and follow the SunSmart code. These are easy steps anyone can take to help protect their skin from sun damage and ensure we enjoy the sun safely.”

“When it comes to sunscreen in particular there is lots of misconceptions and a lack of understanding around what is considered safe. It is key that you look for a brand that offers both UVA and UVB protection and is rated five star ideally. There are also many myths around how much sunscreen to apply and how long it lasts, it is key that people get a better understanding, as rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are rising faster than any other cancer.”

Their tops tips for staying safe in the sun include:

-          Always wear sunscreen (apply cream 20-30 minutes before going out and apply thickly and evenly every 2 hours)

-          Wear protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses

-          Choose a sunscreen that has good protection against UVA rays as well as a high SPF

-          Never, ever use sunbeds

-          Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm

Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Patrick Ormond added: “Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland. Skin cancers are divided into two main types: melanoma and non –melanoma. Non- melanoma skin cancer has over 9,780 cases diagnosed every year and over 1,000 melanoma cancers are diagnosed annually. This is why using the SunSmart code and being vigilant in checking your skin is vital to preventing skin cancer”