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Be UV Aware - A message from Cancer Focus NI


As summer approaches we are working with the Public Health Agency and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland to remind everyone to Be UV Aware and take care in the sun according to the level of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

The Solar UV Index shows how much UV radiation is reaching us from the sun and how careful we need to be. UV levels vary with the seasons and time of day, but when the UV index is three or more, we need to protect our skin and eyes.

So it's important to know what the UV index is going to be throughout the day.

Check the UV index forecast at  

In Northern Ireland we are exposed to significant levels of UV radiation between March and October, even on cool or cloudy days. The UV rays from the sun are particularly strong around the middle of the day, from 11am to 3pm.

Take care if you are spending time outdoors through work, sports or leisure and when the UV index is three or more, take the necessary precautions – seek shade, cover up, wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and a UVA rating of 4 or 5 stars.

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