The facts on sunscreen

23 December 2016 | Cancer Council NSW

Many people don’t actually use sunscreen correctly or often enough.

The UV levels in Australia are high through the summer months and if you are on the water UV rays are reflected so you need to take particular care.

Even mild sunburn can increase your risk of developing melanoma and the more often you are burnt and the more severe the sunburn is, the higher your risk will be. Though sunburn eventually fades, long term damage to skin cells remains. Sunscreen can help protect your skin and it is important to use it correctly for maximum protection.

Here are the facts you need to know about sunscreen – what Sun Protection Factors (SPF) mean, how to use sunscreen, how often you should reapply it and how much sunscreen you should use.


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