Tallaght University Hospital To Hold Free Information Session on Sun Protection and Skin Cancer

8th May 2018: As the summer approaches and with fine weather hopefully on the horizon, Tallaght University Hospital has announced it will host a free public information evening on sun protection and skin cancer on May 15th in Fettercairn Community Centre at 6pm.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland, and it is estimated that 11,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year with most cases being caused by UV rays from the sun. The information evening will focus on providing useful information about how to adequately protect your skin from the sun while also discussing skin cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The sun protection and skin cancer awareness session will be led by Tallaght University Hospital Consultant Dermatologist Dr. Asad Salim, the event is free to attend and will begin at 6pm. As well as providing useful information about skin cancer, Dr. Salim will also answer audience questions.

Speaking about the upcoming session, Dr. Asad Salim, Consultant Dermatologist at Tallaght University Hospital said; “It is estimated that over 11,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, making it the most common cause of cancer in Ireland. The information evening on May 15th is designed to provide useful information to members of the public and answer any questions they may have about how to adequately protect their skin and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. Nine out of every ten cases of skin cancer are caused by UV rays from the sun or sunbeds. Early detection is vital, is skin cancer is detected early in 90% of cases it is curable. I look forward to welcoming everyone to Fettercairn Community Centre at 6pm on May 15th.”

The free event is part of an initiative that Tallaght University Hospital began last year in partnership with the Patient Community Advisory Council and is part of a series of  regular public events featuring medical, nursing and allied health professionals discussing topical and common health issues in 2018.


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About Tallaght University Hospital
Tallaght University Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, adult, mental health and age-related healthcare on one site. The hospital has 495 adult beds and 67 paediatric bed with over 3,000 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialities. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre.

Tallaght University Hospital is one of the two main teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as nursing, health and social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. Tallaght University Hospital is uniquely part of both the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and the Children’s Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties.

A new satellite centre is to be built at Tallaght University Hospital as part of the National Children’s Hospital project as a key element of an integrated clinical network for paediatric services nationally.

The Hospital’s Emergency Departments catered for 50,286 Adult Attendances and 32,886 Paediatric Attendances in 2017. A further 291,483 patients were treated through the Hospital’s adult and paediatric outpatient clinics in 2017. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.