Skin cancer when left untreated can be one of the most dangerous afflictions. With summer fast approaching now is the time to revisit your skin protection routine as well as recognize the early signs of trouble.
Prevention is always better than treatment, make sure you take the correct steps towards protecting your and your family’s skin. Follow these tips from the Australian Skin Cancer Council to ensure your are practising smart sun safety:
- Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
- Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
- Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
- Seek shade.
- Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.
While getting a professional skin check is vital, it is important to keep a keen eye on your own skin regularly. If you see a strange spot or a change in a mole or freckle, immediately consult a doctor who has expertise in skin.
By taking simple preventative precautions to protect your skin you can take huge steps towards avoiding any form of skin cancer.