There are a number of ways that you can protect your skin to prevent skin cancer.
Wear UPF50+ sun protective clothing that covers large areas of the skin.
Wear a UPF50+ sun hat with which blocks all the sunlight
Wear sunglasses with a UV index of 3 to protect your eyes, the polarized ones tend to be more comfortable especially when on the water or fishing
Seek protection in the shade when possible
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays when the UV index hits 3 or above.
Do not sunburn
Do not use solariums
Remember it’s the UV radiation index that burns you, not the temperature!
We all know the saying prevention is the best medicine, well in the prevention of skin cancer this is absolutely true!
Check your own skin every month. It takes 10 minutes and saves lives.
Ask a family member or a friend or use a mirror for the areas which are hard to see (such as the back of the neck).
Use a hairdryer on low heat to inspect your scalp.
Keep a journal of your spots and moles.
Report any spots or moles which are changing to your local GP or dermatologist.
Remember that skin cancers, especially melanomas can occur on non sun-exposed sites such as the groin and feet. As a side note... did you know Bob Marley died of malignant melanoma under the nail of one of his toes?
Remember to check all areas of the body, including between your toes, fingers and nails.
Australians love the great outdoors and our sunny skies make the Australian lifestyle one of the most envied in the world. Notwithstanding, the extensive “Slip Slop Slap” campaign, many Australians are still exposing themselves to the severity and dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
This blog explains that UV radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation like infrared and visible light. UVA, UVB and UVC are distinct in terms of where they sit on the electromagnetic spectrum but also their potential impact on humans. UVA and UVB are both responsible for skin cancer and melanoma.
This blog confirms that Blake Milton, a chemist from South Australia invented the first commercially available sunscreen in the World. Milton developed a sunburn cream over a period of 10 years. His formulation was tested by a professor from the University of Adelaide and found to have sun protective properties.