‘Nine out of 10 cases of skin cancer caused by UV rays’
By Mary Dennehy
TALLAGHT University Hospital is hosting a free public information evening on sun protection and skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in Ireland.
As the weather heats up and holiday season approaches, the hospital will host the information evening in the Fettercairn Community Centre at 6pm on Tuesday, May 15.
The evening will be held at Fettercairn Community Centre
Skin cancer, according to the hospital, is the most common type of cancer in Ireland, and it is estimated that 11,000 people are diagnosed each year – with most cases being caused by UV rays from the sun or sunbeds.
The information evening will provide useful information on how to adequately protect your skin from the sun while also discussing skin cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The sun protection and skin cancer awareness session will be led by Tallaght University Hospital Consultant Dermatologist Dr Asad Salim, who will provide useful information while also answering audience questions.
Speaking about the upcoming session, Dr Asad Salim said: “It is estimated that over 11,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, making it the most common cause of cancer in Ireland.
“The information evening on May 15th is designed to provide useful information to members of the public and answer any questions they may have about how to adequately protect their skin and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of skin cancer.
“Nine out of every 10 cases of skin cancer are caused by UV rays from the sun or sunbeds.
“Early detection is vital, if skin cancer is detected early in 90 per cent of cases it is curable.”
The free event is part of an initiative by Tallaght University Hospital which, run in partnership with the Patient Community Advisory Council (PCAC), delivers a programme of regular, public health events in a community setting.
An open invitation has been extended to the entire community to attend the latest talk in the Fettercairn Community Centre at 6pm on May 15.