Prevention of skin cancer

  • Slip, slop, slap, seek, slide
  • Slip on sun protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible
  • Wear a shirt with a collar rather than a singlet top, when swimming, wear a wetsuit or rash vest
  • Slop on sunscreen
  • SPF30+ sunscreens filter out 97% of UV radiation
  • Sunscreen will only filter out sun if enough sunscreen is used and it is used properly
  • Sunscreen should be applied over all areas of exposed skin 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied every two hours (sooner if you’ve been swimming or sweating)
  • Try to use water resistant sunscreen
  • Apply sunscreen liberally to each limb, the front and back of the body and the face, neck, ears, hands and feet
  • Slap on a hat
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face, back of the neck, eyes and ears
  • Seek shade
  • 11am-3pm is when the sun’s UV rays are their harshest, try your best to seek shade especially during these hours
  • Slide on some sunglasses
  • Long term exposure to UV radiation can cause cataracts and skin cancers of various tissues in the eye
  • Using sunglasses which wrap around the face and are close fitting will provide the maximum protection
  • There is an Australian Standard for sunglasses
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