Skin cancer

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Every year there are approximately 8,000 cases of skin cancer reported in Ireland (National Cancer Registry 2011). 

The risk of developing skin cancer is increased by sun exposure and a history of sunburn. Anyone can have sun damaged skin but people who have fair skin, burn easily in the sun or have spent a lot of time outdoors are particularly risk of sun damage. Sunbed use is also a serious risk factor for skin cancer.

Find out more from the Irish Cancer Society about the risk of sunbeds.

Most skin cancers are found on areas which are most likely to have been over-exposed to sunlight over long periods, like the head and neck. However, skin cancer can be found anywhere on your body even places not exposed to UV rays.


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