Sun­burn bumps up num­ber of GP vis­its

Western Times - - NEWS -

NEW data shows skin can­cer and sun­burn are one of the top 10 rea­sons Aus­tralians visit their GP ev­ery year, prompt­ing an ur­gent sun safety warn­ing from Can­cer Coun­cil.

The data shows con­sul­ta­tions for skin can­cer and sun­burn were the ninth largest cause of GP con­sul­ta­tions in Aus­tralia, with sun­burn alone among the top 30 rea­sons for an ap­point­ment an­nu­ally.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land spokes­woman Katie Clift said the fig­ures re­in­forced the need for Queens­lan­ders to get more se­ri­ous about sun safety.

“It’s con­cern­ing to see skin can­cer and sun­burn among the top 10 rea­sons that Aus­tralians are vis­it­ing their GPs ev­ery year,” Ms Clift said.

“Sun­burn and the ma­jor­ity of skin can­cers are pre­ventable through tak­ing care in the sun – it is vi­tal for all Queens­lan­ders to take sun safety more se­ri­ously.”

More than 3600 Queens­lan­ders are di­ag­nosed with melanoma each year, and it is es­ti­mated that more than 350,000 non-melanoma skin can­cers are treated.

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