Preventing 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.
The good news is that skin cancer is highly preventable. This is because ultraviolet (UV) radiation is responsible for more than 95% of all skin cancers in Australia, which means when we protect our skin we reduce our risk.
Remember, sun protection is needed when UV is 3 or above regardless of the time of day or time of year, even on cool or cloudy days
Protect yourself in five ways
on clothing that covers your shoulders, arms and legs.
on SPF30+ or higher broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen.
on a broad-brimmed hat that protects your face, ears and neck.
shade whenever you can.
on sunglasses that meet Australian Standard AS1067 and that fit your face well.