Two thirds of Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. This statistic should scare us into sun-safe habits, but unfortunately, many people continue to put themselves at risk every day. Whether out of indifference or ignorance, this risky behaviour could very well lead to the development of skin cancer.

There are endless ways that you can reduce your risk of skin cancer. These simple tips are just a few of the strategies that could prevent you from developing skin cancer and that could ultimately save your life.

It seems obvious, but using sunscreen is one of the most effective means of preventing harmful ultraviolet rays from damaging your skin. An SPF 30 sunscreen filters 96.7% of UV radiation, while an SPF 50 sunscreen filters 98%. Sunscreen should be applied thoroughly at least 30 minutes before going out in to the sun.

It is also a good idea to avoid direct sun exposure when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are at their strongest (between 10am and 4pm). If you are outside during these midday hours, seek shade where possible. It is also important to cover your skin with protective clothing. A wide-brimmed hat that shades your face and neck – especially one made from tightly woven fabric – provides protection to your skin on these areas.

People also forget the necessity of protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. Not only do UV protection sunglasses prevent the development of cataracts, they protect your eyes and the sensitive skin surrounding the eyes from UV exposure.

It may seem obvious to many, but the use of tanning beds is especially dangerous and is a major contributing factor to the development of skin cancers, including melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Even those who follow of these guidelines and are extremely sun-smart should have regular skin cancer checks. Skin cancer treatments in Sydney are widely available, but early detection is vital in beating skin cancer.

Southern Sun provides skin cancer treatments in Sydney. They offer skin cancer diagnosis, treatment, prevention and education. For more information on strategies for skin cancer prevention, or to speak to one of the experienced team members at Southern Sun, call 13 – 7546 (13 – skin) or head online to www.sundoctors.com.au to find a clinic near you.