Dying for a tan
Heath risk warning as temperatures rise
Summer, it seems, has finally arrived. As Irish people around the country queue for ice creams and don the shorts, the heat wave comes alongside warnings from health experts about the risks that lying out in the sun brings. Ireland has the fourth highest rate of skin cancer in Europe and the Irish Cancer Society is advising people to wear plenty of sun cream and to cover up. According to Irish Cancer Society Helpline nurse, Pauline Forrester, this applies whether you’re on the beach, playing sports or working outdoors. “The danger is that by not protecting your skin you increase your risk of skin cancer, you age your skin and you’re burning your skin – making it red,” she says. “We have a fairer type of skin, pale that burns very easily but everyone needs to use sunscreen no matter what skin type you have.”
There are over 8,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in this country every year, but according to the Irish Cancer Society, nine of ten out of these cases can be prevented. And dermatologists also warn that excessive sun exposure causes an acceleration of wrinkles, with an estimated 80 per cent of premature ageing caused by the sun’s ultraviolet light.