National Skin Cancer Action Week
Did you know that Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world? Anyone can be at risk of developing skin cancer, though the risk increases as you get older (Cancer Council Australia).
The majority of skin cancers in Australia are caused by
In Australia, almost 14% of adults, 24% of teenagers and 8% of children are sunburnt on summer weekends. Many people get sunburnt when they are taking part in water sports and activities at the beach or a pool, as well gardening at home or having a barbeque.
Solariums emit UVA and UVB radiation, both known causes of cancer. Cancer Council Australia does not recommend solarium use for cosmetic tanning under any circumstances.
Almost half of Australian adults hold the misguided belief that a tan looks healthy. But a tan is a sign of skin cells in trauma.
With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, the action week is an important reminder of the risks of exposure to UV radiation, the need for sun protection and early skin cancer detection for all Australians.
How Do I Prevent Skin Cancer?
1. Be Sun Smart
Put on a sunscreen if you know you’re going to be in the sun for a while. It’s better to prevent the problem beforehand than to fix it after you get sunburnt.
2. Know Your Risk
The sooner you can identify the risk, the less chance of you developing skin cancer.
It is recommended that all adults should have their skin check every 3 months or once a year at least.
Contact Your Health Hub to book your Skin Check with our GP.