5 simple things you can do

to lower your skin cancer risks

There’s no guaranteed way to prevent skin cancer, and some risk factors, such as age, race and family history can’t be changed.

But there are still plenty of things you can do to lower your risk.

Be Sun Smart – limit UV exposure

95 per cent of melanomas are caused by overexposure to UV radiation from the sun. So, it pays to use a combination of the five forms of sun protection during peak sun protection times.

Know when to protect yourself from harmful UV rays

Download the SunSmart App, set your location, and get smart reminders of when you should be protecting yourself from the sun.

Monitor your own skin regularly

Get to know your own skin. Check your whole body, including skin that is not exposed to the sun. Ask a loved one to check difficult areas like your back, head, neck, and ears.

Avoid harmful chemicals

Chemicals like arsenic can increase risk.

Protect children

Severe sunburns in children may increase the risk of melanoma.

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