Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Skin Cancer can be prevented!

Each year in Australia almost 1,900 people die from skin cancer; yet skin cancer is a preventable disease and the majority of skin cancers are treatable if detected early.

SunSmart recommends five steps to protect against sun damage during daily sun protection times of 10am and 3pm:

  • Slip – On some sun protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Slop – On SPF (Sun Protection Factor) sunscreen that is at least 30+. SPF 50+ is also now available. Make sure it is broad spectrum that protects against UVA and UVB rays and is water resistant. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and reapply every two hours. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
  • Slap – On a broad brimmed hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
  • Seek – Shade during the hottest part of the day or avoid the sun altogether.
  • Slide on some sunglasses – Make sure they meet Australian & New Zealand Standards - AS/NZS 1067:2003.

Extra care should be taken during the middle of the day when UV levels are most intense and adults should take care to protect children in their care.

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