Be UV Aware

Cancer / Men's Health / Women's Health

 

This spring and summer we are working with the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus NI to share top tips on getting the best from your sunscreen and protecting your skin from cancer.

Between March and October, the days are longer, the sun is stronger and many of us are spending more time outdoors. The UV rays from the sun can be strong enough to damage our skin and eyes, even if it is cool or cloudy. This includes people who tan easily and those who don’t – remember, your skin is damaged by sun exposure over your lifetime, whether you burn or not.

So, along with spending time in the shade, covering up and wearing hats and sunglasses, it is important to use sunscreen when the UV level is 3 or more.

When choosing sunscreen, check that it gives protection from both UVA and UVB rays which can speed up skin ageing, cause burning and increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

  • To reduce your exposure to UVB rays your sunscreen should be at least SPF15, but higher SPF will give more protection

AND

  • make sure it has a UVA rating of 4 or 5 stars, or displays the EU logo for UVA protection

OR  

 

Take a moment to watch the Be UV Aware video from Cancer Focus NI

https://www.youtube.com/embed/HRreus76YzA

To find out more visit Care in the Sun

 

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