We all love Summer and spending time with our family and friends in the sun, by the pool or at the beach but were you aware that you can get sunburnt on a cloudy day even when it isn’t summer? The sun damages our skin even when we just get a light tan.
The best way to prevent skin cancer is by using sun protection measures. The Cancer Council of NSW recommends we Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide to protect your skin from overexposure to the sun and sun damage.
It is also important to create good life habits. Did you know that unprotected exposure to the sun on children’s delicate skin significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Two out of three children at school today will be diagnosed with skin cancer later in life.
Protecting your skin
The best form of skin protection is to wear clothing that covers your neck, shoulders, arms, legs and torso.
Always apply a SPF 50+ sunscreen 20minutes prior to going in the sun. An SPF 50+ filters 98% of UV radiation. Re apply this sunscreen every two hours or after you have been swimming or sweating which may have caused your sunscreen to wear off.
Wear a broad rimmed hat which will offer extra protection to your face, ears and neck.
Always head for a shady place; under a tree, shade sail or veranda. Be aware that UV radiation is reflective and bounces off surfaces such as concrete, snow, water and sand, causing sun damage even when you think you’re shaded.
Wear sunglasses. Your eyes can be damaged from the sun as well. Make sure you wear sunglasses that have a UV filter that meet the Australian standards. (An Eye Protection Factor of 10)
Visit the Cancer Councils sun protection page for more information.
If you are concerned about any spots on your skin or would like a skin check please contact us to make an appointment.