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Every year 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer. Up to 95 per cent of melanomas and 99 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, or ‘too much time in the sun’.

Did you know… the sun can see through your skin to the cells beneath the surface and do damage to your skin’s DNA?

And that damage doesn’t always repair… it can just keep building up and up, until one day… it causes skin cancer. So, don’t let the sun see your DNA.

UV can’t be seen or felt, so always check the UV and if it’s 3 and above, protect your skin in five ways and slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.

Easy ways to protect your DNA from UV and reduce your skin cancer risk

Check daily UV levels

You can’t see or feel UV, so can’t rely on your senses to determine if protection is required.

Check daily UV levels on the go, with the free SunSmart app.

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Protect your skins DNA in five ways

You can reduce your risk by employing five sun protective measures when the UV is 3 and above.

Read tips on how to keep safe in the sun this summer.

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Self-check your skin

Do you know how to spot the difference between a regular mole and a skin cancer? Learn how to find skin cancer early by self-checking your entire body regularly—including skin not exposed to the sun.

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