With South Africa’s lovely climate, our children are able to play almost anywhere outdoors – in the garden, on the beach or playground, on the sports field.
These outdoor times are great for our kids’ health and happiness, but they might cause lasting damage if we don’t take measures to protect their skin.
CANSA says sunburn can occur within 15 minutes, but the damage caused can be permanent.
So while we have the warmest festive season often spent soaking up the sun, CANSA says South Africa has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. UV radiation can cause damage even when it’s overcast, as rays can reflect off surfaces and cause sunburn, without you even knowing it.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays burn the skin, resulting in sunburns that contribute to wrinkles, liver spots and white splotches on the skin later in life.
Over time, these rays can lead to basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer. Some studies show that several severe sunburns, before the age of age 18, doubles the risk of melanoma.
Children’s skin is quite delicate and more susceptible to sun damage than adult skin. In fact, the sun damage that can lead to skin cancer often takes place in childhood.
Now is the time to protect their skin.