Five tips to reduce your risk of skin cancer

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 June, 2015, 6:11am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 June, 2015, 6:11am

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the seventh most common cancer in Hong Kong, with the number of new cases rising each year, according to the Hospital Authority's cancer statistics in 2012.

Reduce your risk of skin cancer by protecting yourself from the sun with these tips from the Hong Kong Cancer Fund's SunSmart campaign. Whether it's cloudy or sunny, remember to "slop, slip, slap, slide and seek".

Slop on some sunscreen - apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside, reapply often (especially when sweating or swimming) and always use a high factor (SPF 30 to 50+) water-resistant sunscreen.

Slip on a shirt - choose clothing with collars and long sleeves.

Slap on a hat - always wear a wide-brimmed hat when you are outside that provides shade to the face, neck, ears and head.

Slide on some good-quality sunglasses - wear close fitting, wrap-around UV protected sunglasses.

Seek some shade - bring an umbrella. or stay in the shade if possible.