It’s easy to make protection from the sun part of your way of life. Being SunWise is as simple as AVOID, PROTECT, CHECK.
Avoid being outside when UV levels are highest, between 10am and 3pm, as much as you can.
* Wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses when you’re outdoors
* Wear sun protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible.
* Apply SPF30+ broad spectrum sunscreen to clean, dry skin, at least 20 minutes before being exposed to the sun, and reapply at least every two hours when outdoors. Use at least one teaspoon of sunscreen per limb.
* Look for shade. But remember, UV radiation can scatter and reflect off surfaces like water, sand, snow and concrete – so wear protective clothing and sunscreen, even when you’re in the shade.
Check your skin regularly for unusual moles, freckles, blemishes or marks. Get somebody else to check the parts of your body you can’t see – like your head and back. Skin cancer can develop anywhere, even on parts of your body not often exposed to the sun.
What am I looking for?
Pay particular attention to any of the following:
* change in size of a mole or freckle
* change in shape of a mole or freckle
* colour mottling of a mole or freckle
* a mole or freckle with an irregular outline
* a persistently itchy mole
* a mole that has become lumpy
* bleeding or ulcerated moles or freckles
* new lumps which are red, pale or pearly
* crusty, non-healing sores
* dark brown, black, red or blue-black moles
Please see a doctor if you notice any changes.