Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin Cancer Prevention

  • Slip on sun protective clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible.
  • Slop on SPF 50+ sunscreen that has Broad Spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays) and is water resistant. Apply 20 minutes before you go outdoors and then reapply every two hours – Apply Liberally!
  • Slap on a hat (that protects your face, head, neck and ears).
  • Seek shade.
  • Slide on sunglasses that are Australian Standard met (AS1067).

NOTE: UV levels are at their highest between 10am and 3pm – try and stay out of the sun as much as possible during these times.

Skin Checks At Home

If a mole starts to change in size, shape or colour, this may indicate a sign of skin cancer. Remember the ABCDE rule as follows:

    • Asymmetry – one half looks unlike the other half

Border irregular – a mole or spot with blurry and/or jagged edges.

Colour Variation – shades of tan and brown, black and sometimes red, white or blue

Diameter – melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of the eraser on your pencil (6 mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.

Evolving – any change in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting points to danger.