As we head into summer, National Skin Cancer Action Week provides a timely reminder for Australians about the importance of staying SunSmart to reduce their risk of skin cancer.
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 Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide.
The Cancer Council Australia are asking all Australians to slip on some sun protective clothing, slop on some SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade, and slide on some sunglasses.
A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking to pick up on any changes are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk: http://www.cancertas.org.au/event/national-skin-cancer-action-week/
If you notice any changes in your skin or have any questions regarding this topic remember to always speak to your GP about it.
When you do venture out remember to:
-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
The Cancer Council Australia has given young and older citizens the opportunity to tell their personal stories of skin cancer and how it has impacted on their lives through 'Your Summer. Your Skin. Your Story.' Program. These stories will be a reminder to all of us that sun protection saves lives.