Man applying sunscreen to shoulder

Sunscreen is one of the most effective and most popular ways of reducing cancer-causing damage to the skin. It prevents melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, solar keratoses and has been proven to improve the appearance of ageing skin. All Australians should consider using sunscreen when spending time outdoors at any time when the UV index is 3 or higher.

A guide to understanding sunscreens: how they work, what are the advantages and disadvantages of different types, what factors to take into consideration when selecting a sunscreen.