Get smart on sun damage
TWO in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
This week is National Skin Cancer Action Week, where the Cancer Council of Australia aims to remind all Australians of the risks of exposure to UV radiation, the need for sun protection and early skin cancer detection.
More than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year, and the Cancer Council estimates Australia spends more than $1 billion a year treating skin cancer.
Most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection, yet too many Australians still like to sport a “healthy tan”.
But a tan is not a sign of good health or wellbeing — rather, it is a sign that your skin has been damaged by exposure to UV radiation.
This exposure results in premature ageing, including sun spots, wrinkles increased risk of skin cancer.
The theme for this year’s action week and throughout summer is to #OwnYourTone and embrace your natural skin tone, and avoid tanning.
Whenever the UV index is three or above, use the five forms of sun protection:
SLIP on sun-protective clothing.
SLOP on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, waterresistant sunscreen.
SLAP on a broad-brimmed hat. SEEK shade. SLIDE on sunglasses. A combination of these measures and regularly checking your skin for any changes are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.
For further information, go to www.cancer.org.au/ preventing-cancer/sunprotection/campaigns-andevents/national-skin-canceraction-week.html