UV / sun facts
- Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, or rays, is invisible waves of energy given off by the sun and tanning lamps/beds.
- Exposure to UV radiation causes damage to skin cells, which can lead to cancer.
- Each sunburn has an effect on skin cancer risk, even if the sunburn is mild.
- Having a tan is not healthy, it is actually a sign of damage to the skin, which can cause skin cancer.
- A "base tan" gives very little UV protection and causes damage.
- No matter what your natural skin colour is, your skin cells can be damaged by UV radiation exposure.
- Indoor tanning lamps give off up to 15 times as much UV radiation as the sun.
- Melanoma skin cancer can kill you.
- All skin cancers need to be treated and that involves surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. Removal of skin cancer can leave you scarred for life.
- The sun also causes wrinkling, sagging skin, freckles, moles and cataracts (damage to your eyes).
Exposure to UV radiation can increase your chances of developing these cancers:
- Melanoma - the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Most people know melanoma as a mole that has gone "bad" or looks strange in shape and/or colour.
- Non-melanoma skin cancer.