Skin Cancer Prevention Guidelines
- Seek the shade, especially between 10am and 4pm.
- Do not allow your skin to burn – ever.
- Avoid sun-tanning. There is no such thing as a healthy tan. A tan is the skin’s cry for help and response to damaging UV rays, whether from the sun or an artificial source.
- Do not use solariums. All solariums use UV light which damages your skin.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, especially on the face.
- Apply plenty of sunscreen to your entire body 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours. Concentrate on facial areas such as ears, nose and lips.
- Protect babies from the sun. Use protective clothing, a pram shade, and seek as much shade as possible. Low irritant sunscreens should be used on babies especially on the face.
- Examine your skin from head-to-toe on a regular basis, at least every 3 months.
- See your doctor every year for a professional skin examination.
- See your doctor if you notice a new or odd-looking mole, a changing mole, or skin spot that bleeds easily or is tender.