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UV Radiation Information

Health effect and protective measures against UV radiation

Sun safety information for parents and children


Researches have shown that overexposure to sunlight during the early years will increase the chance of skin cancer occurring later in life. Thus children should not be left in the sun for extended periods of time. When taking children outdoors, parents should protect them from UV radiation by the use of hats, umbrellas, proper clothing and sunscreen lotions.

Parents should teach their children about safety measures from an early age. As the risk of adverse health effects from UV radiation exposure is cumulative, reducing the occurrence of sunburn and repeated UV radiation exposure will eventually cause skin cancer rates to decline.

1. "Global Solar UV Index: A Practical Guide" , World Health Organization, 2002
2. "Protecting children from ultraviolet radiation" Fact Sheet No. 261, World Health Organization, 2001

Department of Health
For more health information related to UV, please visit the webpage of the Central Health Education Unit of the Department of Health.








Last revision date: <21 Feb 2014>