BY MARIANA HERVIGO
WITH temperatures in Ireland set to reach as high as 29 degrees over the coming days, the Irish Cancer Society is urging the public to take measures to protect their skin.
Kevin O’Hagan, cancer prevention manager, with the Irish Cancer Society said: ‘It is especially important to protect babies and children, as much of the UV damage that leads to skin cancer takes place in the early years of life.
‘Research has shown that getting sunburnt in childhood or adolescence can increase the risk of melanoma – the most serious form of skin cancer,’ he said.
Tanned skin is damaged skin. But, using sunscreen alone is not enough so make sure to follow the full SunSmart code to ensure maximum protection.
Advice includes: seeking shade between 11am and 3pm, covering up by wearing a shirt with a collar and long shorts; wearing a hat that gives shade to the face, neck and ears and sunglasses that give UV protection.
Use sunscreen with SPF higher than 30 and UVA protection, 20 minutes before going outside, and re-apply every two hours. Babies under six months should be kept out of the sun.
Temperatures in the next week in West Cork are set to range from 20-27 degrees Celsius, with the best weather likely mid-week.