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Healthy Ireland

We sometimes think Irish sun isn't real sun but did you know that skin cancer is our most common cancer here in Ireland with nearly 13,000 cases per year, and this number is set to double by 2045.

Healthy Ireland, in partnership with the HSE's National Cancer Control Programme has launched our annual SunSmart campaign, which aims to raise awareness and adoption of skin protection behaviours.

Follow the #SunSmart 5s's to protect your and your family's skin this Summer:

  • slip on clothing: Cover skin as much as possible, wear long sleeves, collared t-shirts, clothes made from close-woven material that does not allow sunlight through
  • slop on Broad-Spectrum (UVA/UVB) Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30+ for adults and 50+ for children, with high UVA protection, and water resistant. Reapply regularly
  • slap on a wide brimmed hat: Protect your face, ears and neck
  • seek shade: Sit in cover of trees to avoid direct sunlight. Use a sunshade on your buggy or pram. Keep babies and children out of direct sunlight
  • slide on sunglasses: Guard your eyes from harm by wearing sunglasses with UV protection