The Cancer Society of New Zealand wants to remind visitors to New Zealand to protect themselves from New Zealand's strong sun between September and April. Planning how you'll be SunSmart when you're out walking, hiking, cycling, boating, going to the beach will help you have a great time whilst protecting your skin.
New Zealand has the world's highest rates of skin cancer and it is New Zealand's most common cancer.
Too much time in the sun causes sunburn, skin damage and increases the risk of developing skin cancer. Getting sunburnt in childhood and adolescence will increase the risk of melanoma and other skin cancers later in life.
We recommend you:
- be SunSmart between September and April, especially between 10am to 4pm, even on cloudy days.
- be SunSmart at any time of the year when you are out and about in the mountains, in the snow or when skiing.
Four simple steps
Take the four simple steps to protect your skin. Make sure you regularly reapply lots of broad spectrum sunscreen.
- Slip - into a shirt and into some shade
- Slop - on a borad spectrum sun protection factor sunscreen of at least 30+
- Slap - on a hat with a wide brim
- Wrap - on sunglasses