Mapper talks sun sense
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.
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.