The may have its hat on - and the HSEwants people to put their hat, too, to avoid skin cancer.
During May, Nenagh Hospital will take part in the HSE's Sun Awareness Programme, with advice and inormation on how to avoid sun burn and worse.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland with approximately 10,000 new cases diagnosed every year. All three forms – melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma – of skin cancer are on the increase and all three are linked to sun exposure and UV radiation.
“Our sun behaviour has changed over the years,” explained Sheila Ryan, registered advanced nurse practitioner (RANP), dermatology,
“Whereas the Victorians covered up, today we actively seek the sun much more than was the case even 50 years ago.
The advice from the skin experts is to wear sunscreen from April through to September and to be especially vigilant between the peak hours of noon and 3pm.
“Children are particularly vulnerable to developing skin cancer from exposure to the sun during childhood. And sometimes with kids, clothing is as good an option as sunscreen. It’s best to ensure that their shoulders are covered; that they are not in sleeveless shirts; that they wear sun hats and that when you do take them to the beach, that you remember to pack a little tent or screen to provide shade,” said Ms Ryan