'If you've cows to be milking, you're not going to be worrying about sun cream' - Skin charity issues warning about 'farmer's tan'
Farmers across Ireland are being urged to take extra precautions against skin cancer as a 'farmer's tan' could have fatal consequences.
As thousands of farmers descend onto the Ploughing Championships, the Irish Skin Foundation are warning farmers about skin cancer.
According to the skin charity, farmers receive five to ten times more UV exposure than indoor workers.
Overexposure to UV radiation can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage as well as skin cancer.
At the launch of the Ploughing Championships, the Irish Skin Foundation says that farmers should take precautions such as wearing suncream every day, wearing protective clothing at all times and wearing a hat.
Farm Ireland took to the streets at the Ploughing to ask Irish farmers about their relationship with the sun.
Ernest Tanner, from Co Cork said he was aware that farmers are more at risk but he "didn't think it was that high".
"I don't take any precautions. I don't wear sunscreen unless on a real hot day. I don't think it's realistic that farmers will put on suncream every morning. Then again I have melanomas on my back and I have to keep them covered. I'll never go shirtless anymore, that used to be a big thing but now I'd cover myself more."