Irish Cancer Society
Once again the Irish Cancer Society is delighted to be the nominated charity for the Irish Redhead Convention. This fantastic event raises awareness around skin cancer, the most common cancer in Ireland and our sun smart campaign as well as raising much needed funds.
The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity. Established in 1963, 2013 is our 50th year. The Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. We are almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receive less than 5% government funding.
About skin cancer
- In 2010, 9,450 people were diagnosed with skin cancer, and of these 896 were diagnosed with melanoma, the more serious form of skin cancer.
- Skin cancer can occur in people for a number of reasons. These include spending or having spent a lot of time playing or working outdoors. Getting tanned, sunburnt or using a sunbed also increases your risk.
- Nine out of ten cases of skin cancer are caused by ultraviolet rays (UV) from the sun or sunbeds and as such can be prevented.
Our message is to get out and enjoy the sun but, from April to September, whether you are on the beach, playing sports, gardening or working outdoors be SunSmart and never let your skin redden or burn.
Follow the SunSmart Code, it’s easy!
- COVER UP: by wearing a shirt with a collar and long shorts and a hat that gives shade to your face, neck and ears.
- SEEK SHADE: when UV rays are at their strongest – between 11am and 3pm.
- WEAR WRAPAROUND SUNGLASSES: make sure they give UV protection.
- SLOP ON SUNSCREEN: Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and UVA protection 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every 2 hours – more often if swimming or perspiring.
- Keep babies under six months out of the sun.
National Cancer Helpline : freefone 1800 200 700
The Irish Cancer Society is a registered charity with charity number CHY5863.