The Irish Cancer Society and the IFA have joined forces to remind farmers, farm families and outdoor workers of the importance of protecting their skin to reduce the risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in Ireland with over 10,000 cases of diagnosed every year. However the disease can be prevented in nine out of 10 cases. The society and the IFA have a leaflet Be Smart – Protect Your Skin on the Farm, which is available online and will be distributed to farm families over the summer. The leaflet contains information on how to protect your skin when outdoors. IFA president Joe Healy said: “To reduce your risk of skin damage, organise your day around the sun’s UV rays as much as you can. Plan your jobs so that you are in the shade when UV rays are strongest from 11am to 3pm.” For more information on skin cancer or how to be SunSmart, visit www.cancer.ie/Sunsmart or call the Irish Cancer Society’s Cancer Nurseline on Freephone 1800 200 700.