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Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin Cancer Prevention Skin cancer is caused when your skin has prolonged exposure to Ultra-Violet (UV) radiation, (either as a one-off excessive exposure or chronic accumulated exposure), most commonly from the sun (but this also includes tanning beds). While avoiding UV exposure from an early age is critical, it is never too late to take these preventative steps to avoid UV radiation, reducing your risk of developing skin cancer.

Use a high factor sunscreen (50+ or higher) whenever you are exposed to the sun. Ensure you apply 20 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply after 4 hours (or more frequently when exercising or in water). Be aware that on overcast days the UV risk can be just as high.

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat that covers your face, ears and neck when outdoors.
  • Wear appropriate clothing that covers as much skin as possible, even when in the water.
  • Avoid tanning beds and intentional sun exposure. While skin cancer is not immediate, sun exposure earlier in life significantly increases the risk later in life.
  • Get a regular skin health check. This often-neglected step is one of the most important to remember. When detected early most skin cancers can be treated effectively. Skin cancer can occur at any age but the development of it increases as you get older. Every adult in Australia should have a regular skin health check, which is why we offer bulk-billing to our patients for this service.