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Saturday 23 September 2017

Sunbathers warned to protect skin from rays

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

SUN-seekers have been warned not to take risks with their health and ensure they protect their skin from dangerous rays.

The Irish Cancer Society said: "As people across Ireland flock to back gardens, beaches and parks to enjoy the good weather and high temperatures, the message is be sun smart."

Health Minister James Reilly reminded us that most Irish people have fair complexions which places us at risk from harmful ultraviolet radiation, so we need to be extra careful when sunbathing.

"Two people die every week from the melanoma skin cancer and we have 700 new cases annually – in particular, the incidence is rising amongst people under 60 years of age," he said.

Basic advice includes:

* Cover up – wear a shirt with a collar and long shorts. Also wear a hat that gives shade to your face, neck and ears.

* Seek shade – when UV rays are at their strongest – between 11am and 3pm.

* Wear wraparound sunglasses – make sure they give UV protection.

* Slop on sunscreen – use sunscreen with factor 15 or higher and UVA protection 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, more often if swimming or perspiring.

* Keep babies under six months out of the sun.

Irish Independent

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