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Kevin Dempsey and Rachel Burke are pictured enjoying the sunshine as they show us how to be SunSmart this summer season.
Skin cancer cases in Ireland have now reached over 10,000 annually for the first time, according to the Irish Cancer Society who today launched their annual SunSmart campaign. The Society is urging the public to be SunSmart over the coming months and reduce their risk of skin cancer.
The public can simply follow the four steps of the SunSmart Code for the best protection and check the Society’s UV Index daily (available on www.cancer.ie/uvindex ) to find out how high UV levels are in their area. If the UV Index is three or higher it is important to protect the skin when outdoors by following the SunSmart Code. Picture Andres Poveda
The SunSmart Code
SEEK SHADE: when UV rays are at their strongest – between 11am and 3pm.
COVER UP: by wearing a shirt with a collar and long shorts. Also wear a hat that gives shade to your face, neck and ears.
WEAR WRAPAROUND SUNGLASSES: make sure they give UV protection.
SLOP ON SUNSCREEN: Use sunscreen with SPF 15 (SPF30 for children) or higher and UVA protection 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every two hours – more often if swimming or perspiring.
Keep babies under six months out of the sun. Picture Andres Poveda