Preventing sun exposure is primarily a public health issue with other organisations actively delivering messages. For example, cancer-based charities run campaigns on sun protection issues aimed at the general population that create a broad general awareness.
Where sun exposure occurs in an occupational setting there is an association with the development of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Available information from the cancer burden study estimates that there are very low numbers of deaths (around 12). In society high numbers of people develop NMSC, however this cancer is more amenable to treatment.
Intervention activities include:
- Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart campaign providing information on protection and risk factors.
- The National Institute for Clinical Excellence resource for the NHS and local authorities on the design and implementation of public health information on preventing skin cancer.
By registering, further information on skin cancer interventions is available on the Occupational Diseases Community site.
HSE guidance and information on skin cancer is available on our skin disease web pages.