Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia and it’s impact is felt on both young and old. ┬áTo reduce your risk of skin cancer, protect yourself in 5 ways:

1. Seek shade

2. Put on a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears

3. Wear sun protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible. Long sleeved shirts with a collar, and longer style pants or skirts are good for sun protection. Fabric of clothing needs to have a tight weave and be darker in colour to increase your protection from ultraviolet radiation

4. Wear wrap-around sunglasses

5. Apply SPF30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen liberally to clean dry skin, at least twenty minutes before being exposed to the sun, and reapply at least every two hours when outdoors

Also, avoid going outdoors unprotected between 10am-2pm (11am – 3pm during daylight saving), as this is when ultraviolet radiation is the strongest

Information courtesy www.skincancer.gov.au