Health Effects of UV Radiation

The known health effects of over exposure to UV radiation include:

  • Skin cancer – Both melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) and non-melanoma skin cancers (basal and squamous cell carcinoma).
  • Eye damage – Over exposure to UV radiation can lead to cataracts and cancer of the eye.
  • Skin aging – Exposure to UV radiation can lead to premature aging of the skin which includes wrinkles, sagging, blemishes and age spots.1,2


1. IARC. A review of human carcinogens. Part D: Radiation. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans. 2012 Lyon: France. Available here.

2. IARC. Exposure to Artificial UV Radiation and Skin Cancer. 2005 Lyon: France. Available here.