Your sun sense

All life on earth depends on it, but that big old ball of fire also represents a serious health risk. Still, this needn’t spoil your summer if you arm yourself with the right information. Take this quiz to check your level of sun-savvy.

A tan is healthy and will prevent sunburn and skin cancer.

Natural sunlight helps maintain good health.

Sun damage is only temporary. By resting your skin between sun exposures, the damage is erased.

The sun cannot hurt you if it's cloudy or foggy.

Skin cancer can be cured if found early.

You cannot get sunburned in the shade.

Sunscreen can cause blindness if you accidentally rub it in your eyes.

As long as you're submerged in the water you're safe from the sun.

Some skin types, such as olive or dark skin, are protected against skin cancer.

Ask the Expert

Skin expert

Dr Suretha Kannenberg holds a degree in Medicine and a Masters in Dermatology from the University of Stellenbosch. She is employed as a consultant dermatologist by Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, where she is involved in clinical duties and the training of medical students and dermatology residents. Her areas of interest and research include vitiligo, eczema and acne. She also performs limited private practice work in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town in general and cosmetic dermatology.

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