Sunburn bumps up number of GP visits
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.
Visit cancerqld.org.au for more information.