Prevention is better than cure. By regularly and correctly using sun protection whenever outdoors, you can:
- minimise freckling, wrinkling and ageing of the skin
- minimise the risk of eye damage
- avoid sunburn; sunburn at any age, whether serious or mild, can cause permanent and irreversible skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer
- reduce your lifetime ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure; reducing lifetime exposure to UV by 20% is estimated to result in about one third fewer cases of skin cancer
- ultimately reduce your skin cancer risk.
Protect yourself in five ways from skin cancer:
- Put on clothing that covers as much of your body as possible.
- Put on SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen liberally to dry skin, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two hours when outdoors.
- Put on a broad brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears.
- Seek shade
- Put on sunglasses.