How to prevent skin cancer?

How to prevent skin cancer?

There are several ways to minimise the risk of skin cancer over your lifetime.

Use a sunscreen if you’re going to be out in the sun. We recommend SPF (factor) 50 or at the very minimum use 30. You may use some cosmetic products that have an amount of sun protection in them, but the rarely reach a factor of 30.

Avoid sunbeds altogether. There is no such thing as a healthy tan! Any tanning before a holiday increases your risk of skin cancer and the use of a sunbed increases the risk.

Avoid sunburn, especially in childhood. We now know that the lifetime risk of developing Melanoma is related to the frequency of being sunburnt in childhood. It’s a little less related to the frequency of sunburn in teenage years and the risk decreases with adulthood sunburn, but try to avoid getting sunburnt where possible.

Clothing is a better protector than sunscreen. We recommend wearing a hat and shirt in hot weather.