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Own Your Tone - Use the Five Forms of Sun Protection

Source: Mariners Medical
Archived 20 Jan 2019 - Posted: 22 Nov 2018
National Skin Cancer Action Week 2018

With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, the National Skin Cancer Action Week 2018 being held November 18-24, 2018 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.

Did you know:

  • More than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year
  • Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world
  • Skin cancers account for about 80% of all new cancers diagnosed each year in Australia
  • Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially over the past few years.

Most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection, yet too many Australians still want to, and have a tan.

Despite many Australians referring to a “heathy tan”, a tan is not a sign of good health or wellbeing. In fact, tanning is a sign that you have been exposed to enough UV radiation to damage your skin. This will eventually cause premature aging – including sun spots, wrinkles and sagging. Worst of all it increases your risk of skin cancer.

That’s why this National Skin Cancer Action Week and throughout summer Cancer Council is encouraging everyone to #OwnYourTone and embrace your natural skin tone.

During National Skin Cancer Action Week and throughout summer, use the five forms of sun protection and #OwnYourTone by:

  1. slip on sun-protective clothing
  2. slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
  3. slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  4. seek shade
  5. slide on sunglasses.

A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.

Get your skin checked and prevent cancer

The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or, in the case of a serious melanoma or other skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death.

It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor about your level of risk and for advice on early detection.

It's important to get to know your skin and what is normal for you, so that you notice any changes. Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently seen than felt.

Skin checks at Mariners Medical

Dr Peter Kemp is conducting skin checks and procedures on a Thursday here at Mariners Medical.  Please ring reception to book an appointment (02) 4356 2555.

Resources:

Cancer Council

 

Mariners Medical

Tuggerah Medical Centre

Toukley Family Practice

Warnervale GP Super Clinic

This article archived 20 Jan 2019

 
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