High rates of skin cancer in Australia

High rates of skin cancer in Australia

Do you know that Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world?

In 2013, more than 2,200 Australians died from this almost entirely preventable disease.

Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Exposure to UV radiation causes 95% of melanomas, the most deadly form of skin cancer, so is highly recommend to protect your skin.

Fortunately, being SunSmart is a simple and effective way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer:

  • Slip-on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Slop on broad-spectrum, water-resistant SPF30+ sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards.
  • Slap on a hat/visor - that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
  • Seek shade.
  • Slide on some sunglasses and make sure they meet Australian standards.

For more information go to www.cancer.org.au

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