Summertime has arrived and whether staying at home or travelling to sunnier climes it is important to think of sun safety. Our latitude in Ireland means that the UV index (risk of sunburn) can be high even on overcast days. Unfortunately rates of skin cancer continue to increase year on year making it the most common form of cancer in Ireland.
Skin cancer and premature aging of the skin are caused by the harmful effects of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays on the skin.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
The Australians, used to dealing with extreme sun, have long followed the Slip, Slop, Slap regime..!
Slip on a T Shirt (especially important to keep children in loose cover up clothing)
Slop on the sun cream (at least factor 30 for Irish skin)
Slap on a hat (and sunglasses for eye protection)
Keep well hydrated in the heat and avoid sun-beds which are particularly dangerous for children and have been proven to be linked to malignant melanoma the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
If you have noticed any change in a mole or skin lesion that you are concerned about please do not hesitate to attend your doctor for review. In particular a mole which has a sudden change in size, colour, and shape, bleeding or itching can be a warning sign. For lots of useful tips visit www.cancer.ie/sunsmart/
We will hopefully be engaging in a long lazy summer here at home and if the weather obliges many will be dusting off the Barbeque. Unfortunately a fun afternoon with family and friends is too often marred by problems with food safety resulting in an increase in food poisoning at this time of year. Read more… So make sure your party is remembered for all the right reasons by applying the same hygiene rules to your al fresco dining as you do in your everyday kitchen.
For lots of tips see www.safefood.eu and their useful brochure The A-B-C of BBQ which can be down loaded for free.