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Preventing Melanoma

Follow These Recommendations:

  • Avoid the sun between 10AM and 3PM.
  • Avoid sunburn by minimising sun exposure when the UV Level exceeds 3 (Yellow zone or higher). UV levels are more intense during the warmer half of the year.
  • Seek shade where possible.
  • Avoid tanning.
  • Never use UV tanning beds.
  • Use barrier clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking wraparound sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ or higher.
  • For high-risk individuals, use a reflective sunscreen that contains zinc or titanium.
  • Have regular eye examinations by your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist, since moles and melanomas may also arise in and on the eyes.
  • Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin 10 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming, excessive sweating, or towelling down.
  • Keep new-borns out of the sun. Sunscreens can be used from six months of age.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe on the first day of every month, look for anything that is changing uniquely for more than 2-3 weeks; if so, have it checked immediately.
  • Have regular professional skin checks at the intervals advised below:
    • 3 monthly, for patients who have had melanoma in the previous 2 years
    • 6 monthly, for patients with a past history of skin cancer  
    • Annually, for patients over 18 years with no previous history of skin cancer
    • Every second year, for patients 10-18 years with no previous history of skin cancer