Slip, slop, slap and wrap is the best advice during summer.
Over exposure to the sun's ultraviolet radiation is the cause of more than 90 per cent of all skin cancer.
People don't have to lock themselves away indoors, or cover up from head to toe. What is required is an understanding of the sun's effects and to follow some simple rules for protection.
People can be SunSmart and have a good time in the sun.
The sun burns skin and over time causes permanent damage through skin ageing. Natural skin pigments give some protection but not from long-term sun exposure.
We all know getting sun burned is bad but most people think a tan is okay. The reality is tanned skin, even from a sun bed, is damaged skin. The only safe tan is a fake tan.
Other misconceptions are that people get burned only when the sun is out and when it is hot. UV radiation, which causes the damage, is not temperature-connected. If the sun is out but it's not hot, people can get burned.