Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Frightening eh? But come on, we all enjoy a little sun, its warmth and light just instantly relax us and boost our spirits. Also, the ultraviolet radiation from the sun is our main source of Vitamin D, but the benefits come with a dangerous trade-off, it is also the major cause of skin cancer. In a number of clinical practices General Practitioners with sub interest of skin cancer provides regularly skin check-up for their patients, Australian dermatologists and pathologists notes that such check-up should be conducted more pervasively.
A joint position statement drafted by the Australasian College of Dermatologist, the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, Osteoporosis Australia and Cancer Council Australia clarifies dos and don’ts of sun exposure.
- Sun protection is not recommended when the UV Index is below three
- It’s ok to go out in the midday sun unprotected in autumn/winter in the southern states
- If UV Index is three or above sun protection is required after a few minutes
- Be mindful that UV levels fluctuate day by day
- In summer, a few minutes of mid-morning or late afternoon sun is ample
- Aid to expose larger areas of skin for a shorter time to avoid Vitamin D saturation
- Check UV levels regularly, go to the website, My UV or download SunSmart app
Keep these tips in mind and enjoy the upcoming summer this year.
Cancer Council Australia