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Skin Cancer Prevention & Early Detection

Skin Cancer Prevention

  • Avoid the sun, especially between 10 am and 4 pm, and don’t use sun lamps or tanning beds.
  • Always use sunscreen and lip balm with UVB and UVA protection with SPF 30 or more, even on cloudy days.
  • Apply an ounce of sunscreen—a palm full—20 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply every two hours if in continuous sun.
  • Wear sunglasses that have been treated to absorb UV radiation, a wide brim hat, and clothing made of tightly woven material with long sleeves.
  • Protect children from the sun. Childhood sunburns may increase the risk of melanoma later in life.

Bermuda's UV Index and the protection steps needed based on the daily UV reading.

Skin Cancer Early Detection

  • Look at your skin once a month. Tell your health care professional about any changes.
  • Have your health care professional examine your skin once a year after age 50.


Teaching SunSmart Behaviourssunsmart logo

Our goal is toteach children how to prevent the dangerous outcomes of sun exposure such as premature aging, skin leathering and skin cancer. At Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre we strive to reach this goal by educating our youth and the community through our SunSmart programme.  Click here for more information.

Cancer Information Service

To obtain current cancer information and support options - simply call 232-2247 and you will be connected with a trained and knowledgeable Cancer Information Specialist. You will have access to information such as:

  • Types of cancer
  • Cancer treatments and side effects
  • Clinical trials
  • Coping with cancer
  • Emotional support services Prevention
  • Help in the Community
  • Complementary therapies
  • Services in Bermuda