Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May 2024 is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland; However, it is also the most preventable cancer. 40% of skin cancer deaths are among people who work or have worked in construction.

Maintaining healthy skin is crucial, especially in the construction industry, where exposure to harsh environmental elements is common. Skin serves as a vital shield against the dangers posed by UV rays, chemicals, and pollutants present in construction sites. Failure to prioritise skin health can result in various issues including skin cancer, which can significantly impact one’s ability to work effectively and lead to long-term health complications.

Main causes of skin cancer:

·        More than 75% of the Irish population has a Celtic type of complexion which greatly increases skin cancer risk.

·        Exposure to harmful UV without sunscreen being worn.

·        More exposure to high intensity sun due to foreign holidays.

·        Perception that a tan is healthy and fashionable.


No matter how dark our skin is, or how easily we tan, the fact is WE ARE ALL AT RISK OF SKIN CANCER! However, as a predominantly fair-skinned population, some people are at greater risk due to their skin type and typically tend to have one or more of the following:

·        Fair skin that burns easily

·        Red or fair hair

·        Lots of moles and/or freckles

·        A family history of skin cancer

·        A history of sunburn, particularly when you were a child.

How do you prevent it? Follow the SunSmart Code…

Slip on sun protection clothing

Slop on the sunscreen protection

Slap on a hat, and ensure you have long loose-fitting trousers

Seek Shade where possible

Slide on wrap-around sunglasses



SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent sunburn from UVB rays. There is no Sun Protection Factor that can completely block all UVB rays. However, the higher Sun Protection Factors provides higher protection from skin damage. It is advised to use a minimum Sun Protection Factor of 30+


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