May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month


There is a free Walk-in clinic service being run on Saturday 09thMay in the General Outpatients Department SIVUH from 09.00 to 12.00 for over 18s.

Skin cancer awareness

Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays is the main cause of skin cancer. As well as covering up, seeking shade and using sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, you should know the daily UV index (the strength of the sun's rays). This will help you to know when you need to protect your skin from the sun.  The higher the index number, the higher the risk of skin and eye damage. When the UV index is 3 or more, sun safety measures are needed. The information leaflet on staying safe in the sun is available here.

You should never use a sunbed. Using a sunbed causes melanoma skin cancer- which is the most dangerous type of skin cancer.



Page last updated: 20/12/2016

South Infirmary

Victoria University Hospital

A teaching hospital

of University College Cork