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What’s a Skin Cancer Action Week? By Your Health Hub

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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).

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The majority of skin cancers in Australia are caused by

  • Sunburn

    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

    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.

  • Tanning

    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.

woman sitting in the sun

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.

Check out Skin Cancer Foundation’s Prevention Guideline. 

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.

 

 

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