General Practice

Own your tone-How to reduce the risk of skin cancer

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

It’s National Skin Cancer Action Week November 18-24

With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, this action week 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.

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world with more than 2,000 people dying from skin cancer each year. 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 using good sun protection, yet too many Australians still have a tan. 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. Make the pledge today to protect yourself from UV radiation and abstain from tanning.

Own your tone-How to reduce the risk of skin cancer

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

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.

Have you had a skin check lately?

Cancer Council recommends all adults should check their skin and moles every 3 months. Those at risk should have a trained doctor examine them at least once a year. Melanomas can develop in between visits to your skin cancer doctor, therefore you should know how to check your own skin and moles.

View how to check your skin here

https://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/check-for-signs-of-skin-cancer.html

The sooner a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better your chance of avoiding surgery or worse. Our team of friendly, caring and highly experienced doctors are here to help, so book your skin check now!

 

Resources:

Cancer Council

https://www.cancer.org.au