When to put sunscreen on?

Many sunscreens recommend reapplying every two hours. But another way to look at it is like painting a wall of your house. The first coat gets a reasonable coverage, but a reapplication 20-30 minutes after being in the sun – after the first coat has “dried” – gets you much more reliable coverage. And this will cover the bits you may have missed, or covered too thinly, on first pass.

Also, use it generously. Most people use too little (between a quarter and three-quarters) of the amount of sunscreen necessary to achieve the sun protection claimed on the label. A teaspoon per limb is a good rule of thumb. Add another teaspoon for your face, front and back. This comes to seven teaspoons (35ml) in all if you are at the beach in board shorts or a bikini.

Layer it on and spread it around. Reapply every two hours or more often if you are active (sweating, towelling off, skin making physical contact with anything that might rub it off), even if the bottle claims four-hour water resistance. And a good idea is to check if the lotion hasn’t passed its use-by date.

Use other things to protect your skin too. Hats, shade, clothing and even staying indoors at the highest UV periods. The closer to solar noon, usually between midday and 12.30pm, the higher the UV.

Source: Cancer Council


The team at Ballarat Skin Cancer Centre participated in NAIDOC Week from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated by our Indigenous communities and Australians from all walks of life. The Ballarat Skin Cancer Centre team participated by wearing Indigenous designed scrub hats and scrunchies throughout the week. 


New Staff Members

The Ballarat Skin Cancer Centre would like to welcome two new staff members to our clinical team.
Brittney and Indi.
You will see their bright and bubbly faces around the clinic so be sure to say hi and make them feel welcome.



A friendly reminder for Winter 2022 to stay warm and protect yourselves from the elements.

UVB rays can burn and damage your skin year-round, especially at high altitudes and on reflective surfaces such as snow or ice. Snow reflects up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV light, so the rays hit you twice, further increasing your risk of skin cancer and premature aging.


The ABCDE rule for skin cancer is a handy acronym that can help you identify potential skin cancers.

The letters stand for “Asymmetrical, Border, Color, Diameter, Evolving.” A new or changing spot or mole on your skin may be a sign of cancer.

When in doubt, it’s best to have a doctor check it out.

Fight Cancer with Footy Colours Day

A BIG THANKYOU to each and every one of our patients who got into the footy spirit over the last two weeks with donations or wearing their teams colours with pride. It was a fantastic couple of weeks getting into the spirit! We raised a total of $465.70 for the ‘Fight Cancer with Footy Colours Day’ which is an incredible effort by all.

Fight Cancer Foundation’s Footy Colours Day

The Ballarat Surgicentre is again taking part in the Fight Cancer Foundation’s Footy Colours Day to raise funds to help kids with cancer.

From Monday 13th of September to Thursday 23rd of September we will be wearing our footy colours in support of Kids with Cancer.

Feel free to show your support by wearing your footy colours to your appointments.

We will be collecting donations in reception for this worthy cause. Our goal this year is to raise $1,000. We will be providing updates on how we are travelling and our favourite footy photos from the week.  

Help us make an even bigger difference by supporting our Footy Colours Day event.



The Kids Cancer Project

The Ballarat Surgicentre has named our Kids Cancer Project super bear BAXTER!
Baxter will be donated to Central Highlands Rural Health in Daylesford. We hope he can bring many smiles to the kids receiving care at Central Highlands Rural Health.

Crazy Hair and Socks

The Ballarat Surgicentre we would like to thank all of our wonderful patients and staff for wearing their fabulous socks and crazy hair last week as part of our fundraiser for The Kids Cancer Project.

We raised a total of $888.95 for this charity!!!

Please stayed tuned next week to see the winning name for our Super Bear from staff and patient suggestions and also which rural hospital our bear will be donated to

If you would like to see some photos of our Crazy Hair and Socks week check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ballarat.surgicentre


Biggest Morning Tea 2021

Congratulations to Isabel and Michaela on their HUGE fund raising effort for the Cancer Councils Biggest Morning Tea event for 2021.
The total raised by these wonderful ladies was $9561.00, thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser.