20 Nov 2017
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Too many Australians have died from this almost entirely preventable disease.
Fortunately, being SunSmart is a simple and effective way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer - but too many young people do not protect their skin from the sun. Wanting to have a 'tan' seems to be one of the things that drives this. Maybe they don't know that having a tan damages their skin and it does not protect their skin from more damage - the opposite is true.
Cancer Council provides guidance on how much sun you need and how to protect yourself from getting too much sun exposure.
For best protection:
- Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
- Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
- Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
- Seek shade.
- Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.
For more about sun safety on the Cancer Council Australia site