December is a crucial time to highlight the importance of sun safety and early detection.  Skin cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, but it’s also one of the most preventable.  Let’s spread awareness and empower each other to take proactive steps for healthy skin!

Sun safety habits:

  • Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
  • Re-apply sunscreen every two hours and more frequently if swimming or sweating.
  • Seek shade between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are strongest.

Wear hats and protective clothing:

  • Wear wide-brimmed hats to shade your face, neck, and ears.
  • Use sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes.


  • Long sleeves and pants provide added protection.
  • Choose clothing with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) for extra defence.

Early detection:

  • Regularly examine your skin for any changes in moles, freckles, or new growths.
  • If you notice anything unusual, consult a dermatologist as soon as possible.

Help your community:

  • Encourage friends and family to prioritize sun safety.
  • Share this information to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention.


Which sunscreen should I use?

Factor 30 and Factor 50 refer to the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) in sunscreens.  SPF is a measure of how effectively a sunscreen will protect your skin from UVB rays, which are the rays that cause sunburn and contribute to skin cancer.

SPF30 – This means that if you apply the sunscreen properly, it will take 30 times longer for your skin to begin to burn than if you were not wearing any sunscreen.  For example, if your skin would normally start to burn after 10 minutes in the sun, SPF 30 would theoretically provide protection for 300 minutes (10 minutes x 30).

SPF50 – Similarly, SPF 50 indicates that it will take 50 times longer for your skin to burn compared to not using any sunscreen.  In the example above, SPF 50 would theoretically provide protection for 500 minutes (10 minutes x 50).

Additionally, it’s crucial to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, as it protects against both UVB and UVA rays.  UVA rays can prematurely age the skin and contribute to skin cancer as well.  Always follow the instructions on the sunscreen packaging for the best protection.

Let’s make sun safety a daily habit and prioritize our skin health!

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