Did you know that South Africa has the second highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia (for Caucasians). Skin cancer is also one of the most common cancers.
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) shared this informative video to help explain why we need to wear sun hats, sun protective clothing and sunscreen to help minimize the risk of skin cancer throughout the year.
Here are some further useful skin cancer protection tips from CANSA:
- Use an effective sunscreen - Be sure to use a sunscreen with a SPF of between 30 and 50 if you have fair to very fair skin. Don’t use sunscreen that has been opened and used for more than a year. Sunscreen generally expires after two years.
Apply sunscreen correctly - It’s important to know the best SPF for your skin-type. Apply 20 minutes before you go outside and re-apply at least every two to three hours.
Wear a hat and other sun protective clothing - Buy sunsmart apparel - look out for CANSA’s swing tags & SunSmart Choice logo on sun hats and clothing. Wear sunglasses with a UV protection rating of UV400.
Educate & protect children - Our youth should take special precaution when spending time in the sun – two blistering burns before the age of 18 can dramatically increase the risk of getting skin cancer later in life. Parents and schools need to play an increasingly important role in educating our youth.
Most of our Emthunzini Hats carry the UPF50+ swing ticket and SunSmart Choice logo symbolising they are endorsed by CANSA and therefore offer the assurance of protection against the harmful effects of the sun.