Be Sun Smart

Sun Protection

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.

FAQs about sun protection

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