South Africa is known for its abundance of sunshine. With the wonderful sunshine, unfortunately, comes sunburn and repeated sunburn can lead to skin cancer. While it’s not the only reason you can get skin cancer, prevention is better than cure! With December being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, read on for more information before you go on holiday!
Most skin cancers are treatable and also highly preventable. For these reasons, CANSA has a dedicated annual programme, SunSmart. This programme aims to teach people about the side effects of tanning, even when using ‘sunless’ tanning.
Here are some sun myths from CANSA:
- The sun is only dangerous in summer or on a hot day
- Sunscreen will protect me completely from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays
- One or two cases of sunburn won’t result in skin cancer
- People with darker skins are not at risk for getting skin cancer
- Sunbeds are a safer alternate to obtain a tan
You can get screened at your local CANSA Care Centre or your dermatologist for any skin cancers. You can also monitor the harmful UV rays by wearing a CANSA UV-Smart Armband obtainable from CANSA’s Nationwide Care Centres or phone their National Call Centre toll free on 0800 22 66 22.
Always follow the A, B, C, D, E warning signs as in this picture!
- Avoid the sun between 10:00 and 15:00
- Always wear an effective sunscreen
- Apply the sunscreen correctly
- Wear protective clothing
Enjoy your well-deserved holiday safely and remember that almost everything you need for safe travels and your holiday is available on Junk Mail!