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.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second-most common form of skin cancer, and is especially common in fair-skinned older people. It usually grows on sun-exposed parts of the body without causing serious medical problems, but it can spread to other parts of the body in 4 per cent of cases.  Each year in Australia, over 600 people die from SCC.  If diagnosed early, squamous cell carcinoma is easily treated.