NI pharmacies launch Care in the sun campaign
A ‘Care in the sun’ campaign has launched across pharmacies in Northern Ireland to raise awareness of the appropriate use of sunscreen and reducing skin cancer risk.
The campaign, which runs throughout June and July, is being delivered by Community Pharmacy Northern Ireland (CPNI) as part of the Living Well public health service, in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Department of Health.
Community pharmacist Stephen Slaine said: “Community pharmacists regularly help patients with a range of common health concerns associated with ‘Care in the sun’ such as skin protection, treatment for sun exposure and mole concerns.
“This campaign is an opportunity for you to chat to your local pharmacist or pharmacy team about how to look after your skin, how to stay safe in the sun, talk about medication that could increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight and also to raise any concerns, especially in relation to prevention and early detection of skin cancer.”
Denise McCallion, health improvement manager at the PHA, said: “Sunlight helps provide our bodies with vitamin D, supports bone health, lowers blood pressure, helps prevent disease and promotes good mental health. However, over-exposure to UV radiation can damage skin and the majority of skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to UV radiation.”