Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70 and around 2000 Australians die of skin cancer each year.
This year’s slogan is ‘UV. It all adds up’, which will focus on the unintentional UV damage Australians can accumulate when they forget sun protection. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.
When you do venture out remember to:
- Seek shade
- Wear sun protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible
- Put on a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses
- Apply SPF30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen liberally to clean, dry skin, at least 20 minutes before being exposed to the sun, and reapply at least every two hours when outdoors
- Carry a bottle of water
If you notice any changes in your skin or have any questions regarding this topic remember to always speak to your GP about it.
Here is information on how hot weather influences your health, how you can prepare for and stay healthy in the heat, how you can recognise and treat heat-related illness, and how you can care for people who are at risk of heat-related illness: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat/Pages/default.aspx
Try using the SunSmart App to check the weather, temperature, UV level, and sun protection times for the day anywhere in Australia: http://www.bom.gov.au/uv/iphoneapp.shtml
Be aware of UV levels and protect yourself:
|Use these guidelines and other resources to stay SunSmart: http://www.bom.gov.au/uv/iphoneapp.shtml|