Sun Protection

Skin cancers are an important public health problem all over the world and South Africa is no exception. This can usually be avoided with adequate sun protection and morbidity can be minimized if the skin cancer is diagnosed in time.

Risk Factors Include:

  • a fair skin
  • presence of moles
  • freckles
  • family history of skin cancer
  • natural light coloured hair
  • blue, green or hazel eyes
  • a tendency to burn rather than suntan
  • history of severe sunburn under the age of 20
  • outdoor work  and excessive exposure to the sun

Children should be encouraged, from an early age, to protect themselves from the sun.