Protecting your skin from the sun is important for everyone. But some cancer treatments, like chemotherapy, radiotherapy and biological therapies, can make your skin more sensitive to damage. It’s important to take extra care – during and after treatment.
Here are some tips for protecting yourself:
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Use sun-cream with a high sun protection factor (SPF).
- Wear clothing made of cotton or natural fibres.
- Try to sit in the shade.
- Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm.
- If you’ve had radiotherapy, keep the affected area well covered.
The type and dose of your treatment will affect how sensitive your skin is to the sun. Ask your doctor whether you need to take special care to protect yourself.