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Are you Sun Smart? Webinar

22 April 2021
Type Event Proceeding

A webinar to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure in the farming community took place on Wednesday, 21st April. Representatives from the HSE and the Irish Cancer Society advised what you can do to protect yourself against the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure on your farm in the months ahead.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Ireland, yet is largely preventable by protecting skin from ultraviolet radiation from the sun.  In Ireland, UV from the sun is strongest from April to September between 11am-3pm, even when it is cloudy. Most people living in Ireland have fair skin, the type which burns easily and tans poorly, so are at high risk of UV damage and skin cancer.

Speakers at the Webinar included:

  • Kevin O’Hagan, Health Promotion Manager, Irish Cancer Society
  • Barbara McGrogan, Research Scientist, National Cancer Control Programme
  • Lynn Swinburne, Senior Health Promotion Officer, National Screening Service
  • Maria McEnery, Prevention Co-ordinator, National Cancer Control Programme

The Webinar was chaired by Dr John McNamara, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist. 

Watch webinar recording below

View some advice from the Irish Cancer Society or the HSE