SunSmart - Be smart in the sun

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland. Just over 10,000 new cases were diagnosed in this country in 2013. Most cases are caused by UV rays from the sun. This section shows you how to reduce your risk by following the SunSmart code from April to September when in Ireland--whatever the weather.

How common is skin cancer? What causes it? What affects your risk of getting skin cancer? Find out the key facts about skin cancer in Ireland. 

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There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself with the SunSmart Code. Make sure to follow these easy steps to protect your skin in the sun.

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Knowing your skin type will help you to protect your skin from sun damage and skin cancer. Our interactive quiz will help you know your skin type.

Find your skin type

Sun beds are not safe. Be sure to know the facts about sunbeds and how they increase your risk of skin cancer.

About sunbeds

Advice from the Irish Cancer Society and the IFA on protecting your skin while working outdoors.

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Practical tips and information about protecting your children from damaging effects from the sun.

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The UV index tells us how much UV radiation expected at the earth’s surface. Learn more about UV rays and sun damage.

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Vitamin D is important to everyone's health. We'll talk you through the healthy and safe ways to get Vitamin D.

About Vitamin D

Video: What is skin cancer?

Check the UV Index


The UV Index tells us the level of UV radiation that is expected at the earth’s surface. The higher the index, the more damaging the sun will be.

Check your local index

Most cases of skin cancer are caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation which comes from the sun.

What is UV radiation?