The Government needs to look at making sun cream more affordable, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Senator Tim Lombard said: “As we get a spell of fine weather, I think it’s important to bear in mind that skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland. There are over 11,000 new cases reported in the country each year.
“This has a knock on effect across our families and communities, putting pressure on our health service.
“Making sun cream more available to people in Ireland would help us tackle this disease.
“VAT on sun cream is currently set at 23%; I think the Government needs to have a serious look at lowering this rate.
“I don’t believe that a lifesaving product should be categorised as a luxury item. It should be accessible at a reasonable price to everyone.
“I lost my own brother Ger to skin cancer in 2009. I think it’s important that we do all we can to tackle this scourge.
“Early detection is vitally important for treatment of skin cancer. The Irish Cancer Society says that If spotted early, up to 90% of cases are curable.
“It is vital that you check your skin regularly and bring it to the attention of your doctor if you’re concerned,” the Fine Gael Senator said.