Have you ever spent time in the sun? Have you ever been sunburnt? Have there been stages in your life when you spent a lot of time outdoors?
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If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then your skin is at risk of sun damage. Sun damage occurs when your skin is over-exposed to the sun.
In Ireland, sun damage is very common and presents itself through a variety of different symptoms. Sun damage may appear as a cosmetic blemish or it could present as a much more serious condition, like skin cancer.
The more sun exposure you have had over the course of your life, the more likely it is you will have sun damaged skin.
However, it is important to understand that sun damage may not be visible on your skin until many years after the initial damage occurred. As a result, early detection is vital, it is important that you Check Your Skin so you can learn to identify possible areas of sun damage and bring them to the attention of your doctor as early as possible.
This website provides information on sun damaged skin, skin cancer and actinic keratosis including advice on prevention, how to check the skin for changes, and what to look for, as well as the importance of seeking further medical guidance.