|Remember Sid the Seagull from the Cancer Council ?|
Did you know that more than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year? However, most skin cancers can be prevented using good sun protection. Cancer Council Queensland urges all Australians to use the five forms of sun protection to help with prevention.
Slip on sun-protective clothing
Slop on SPF30 (but 50 is better), broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
Slide on sunglasses
A combination of these five measures, along with getting to know your skin and going for regular checks for any changes are key to prevention.
Research from the National Sun Protection Survey showed that one in four teenagers get sunburnt on summer weekends, making 12 – 17-year-olds a key demographic being harmed by the sun. From these latest results, there has been no significant decrease in teenage sunburn rates in the last twelve years.
The National Skin Cancer Action Week encourages all Australians, particularly teenagers, to #OwnYourTone by using all five forms of sun protection to prevent sunburn and protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Sun protection is required when UV levels reach 3 and above. As the index remains 3 and above throughout the year in Queensland, it is vital to remember sun safety all year round. In summer, the UV index can be 3 and above as early as 7:30am and as late as 3:30pm. Check out the daily BOM forecast which shows the UV index. This week it is very high or extreme.
Due to these high UV levels all year round, Cancer Council outlines that most people receive adequate sun exposure to produce vitamin D through their daily incidental activities. These can include hanging out the washing, checking the letterbox or walking to and from your car. However, if you are concerned you might be at risk of vitamin D deficiency, book in an appointment with one of our GPs to discuss this further.
UV radiation is an invisible danger because we cannot see it or feel it, to reduce your risk from skin cancer and melanoma ensure you are always using the five forms of sun protection, get to know your skin and go for regular skin checks with your GP.
Reydon Street Medical Centre are here to help you with your next skin cancer checkup. Book online through our website with either Dr. Brittany Wakefield or Dr. Paul Colbrook.