UV dam­age can ac­cu­mu­late

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

EACH year Can­cer Coun­cil Aus­tralia and the Aus­tralasian Col­lege of Der­ma­tol­o­gists come to­gether for Na­tional Skin Can­cer Ac­tion Week.

With two in three Aus­tralians di­ag­nosed with skin can­cer by age 70, the week is a time when we re­mind Aus­tralians of the im­por­tance of sun pro­tec­tion and early skin can­cer de­tec­tion.

The 2015 theme is ‘UV. It all adds up’, which will fo­cus on the un­in­ten­tional UV dam­age Aus­tralians can ac­cu­mu­late when they forget sun pro­tec­tion.

More than 2000 peo­ple in Aus­tralia die from skin can­cer each year.

Yet most skin can­cers can be pre­vented by the use of good sun pro­tec­tion.

Na­tional Skin Can­cer Ac­tion Week, to be held from Novem­ber 15 to 21, is a great time to re­mind peo­ple to slip on sun-pro­tec­tive cloth­ing; slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spec­trum, wa­ter­re­sis­tant sun­screen; slap on a broad-brimmed hat; seek shade and slide on sun­glasses.

A com­bi­na­tion of th­ese mea­sures, along with get­ting to know your skin and reg­u­larly check­ing so you can pick up on any changes, are the keys to re­duc­ing your skin can­cer risk.

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