There are many things we can do to prevent sun damage to our skin.

Taking care daily and habitually making it a routine to protect our skin is the best way of preventing any damage from occurring.

Here are a few basic steps we can incorporate into our lives:

Slip on some sun-protective clothing – that covers as much skin as possible

Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards.

Slap on a hat – that protects your face, head, neck and ears

Seek shade

Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Optometric Standards


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You can further take care of yourself by avoiding direct sunlight during peak UV radiation times, as discussed in your local meteorological bureau. This can range anywhere from 10am to 5pm.

More information about early detection is available in Cancer Council's position statement on screening and early detection of skin cancer.

You can also explore this section on how to check your skin for signs of skin cancer.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization here and the Cancer Council of Australia here.



See References:

Cancer Council Australia

World Health Organization