Ultraviolet radiation (UV)

The known health effects of UV

I am dark-skinned – do I still need to be careful?

Excessive UV exposure is harmful to health regardless of skin colour
With kind permission from Digital Context AB

Yes, you do. Compared to fair-skinned people, dark-skinned people have a much lower risk of developing melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancers. They do not normally have to apply sunscreens and can safely tolerate relatively high levels of UV radiation without getting burnt. But – regardless of skin colour - the risk of eye damage and of harmful effects on the immune system remains.