Reducing your risk of skin cancer

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians (2 in 3 men and 3 in 5 women) will develop some form of skin cancer before the age of 70. Over 440,000 Australians are treated for skin cancer and more than 2000 Australians die each year from skin cancer.

But this doesn’t need to be the case. Nearly all skin cancers can be prevented by protecting yourself from the sun and most skin cancers can be cured if they are diagnosed and treated early.

Be SunSmart
Always protect your skin when UV levels are 3 (moderate) and above.  Find out today’s UV levels.

Protect yourself in 5 ways:

  • Slip on clothing that covers your shoulders, arms and legs. Choose shirts with collars, high necks and sleeves and trousers or longer shorts and skirts that come below the knees.
  • Slop on SPF30+ or higher broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen. Apply generously 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every 2 hours. Never rely on sunscreen alone.
  • Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that protects your face, ears and neck. Broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaire style hats provide good protection. Baseball caps are not recommended, as they do not protect the ears, cheeks or neck.
  • Seek shade whenever you can especially when UV levels are highest between10am and 2pm (11am and 3pm during daylight saving).
  • Slide on sunglasses that meet Australian Standard AS1067 and that fit your face well.