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22 Jan 2018

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:

  1. Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  2. 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.
  3. Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
  4. Seek shade.
  5. Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.

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For more about sun safety on the Cancer Council Australia site