Map­per talks sun sense

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Cen­tral Otago and South­ern Lakes res­i­dents are be­ing urged to be more vig­i­lant with sun­screen this sum­mer as sun dam­age cases in the area rises. MoleMap melanog­ra­pher An­neke Camp­bell, who trav­els through­out the re­gion at­tend­ing mo­bile skin clin­ics, said the amount of sun­dam­aged skin in Cen­tral Otago was ‘‘enor­mous’’. Melanoma and other skin con­di­tions were on the rise in the area and peo­ple needed to start be­ing more re­spon­si­ble when it came to the sun, Mrs Camp­bell said. She urged peo­ple to use SPF 50 sun­screen, which en­sured 98 per cent pro­tect from UVB, and sun­glasses. Most peo­ple did not know much about sun­screen and of­ten did not ap­ply enough be­cause it was ex­pen­sive, Mr Camp­bell said. Chil­dren un­der the age of 15 who suf­fer from painful sun­burn have a higher chance of de­vel­op­ing melanoma when they are older, she said. The best de­fence from the sun was cloth­ing, she said.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627422451

Sun care: MoleMap melanog­ra­pher An­neke Camp­bell is urg­ing peo­ple in Cen­tral Otago and the South­ern Lakes re­gions to make sure the are prop­erly pro­tected from the sun this sum­mer with a SPF 50 sun­screen and sun­glasses.

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