Skin Cancer Awareness Week

With summer biting at our heels and the sun coming down hot it is the perfect time to talk about all things skin health and keeping our skin safe in the sun from cancer.

It is also Skin Cancer Awareness Week! The cancer council is spreading the awareness through facts and shock factors which need to be shared and acknowledged to push the message through to young people early.

Check them out below:

  • 62% of teens think that their friends believe getting a tan is healthy

  • 2/3 of Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70

  • There are 2000 deaths relating to skin cancer in Australia alone every year

  • By tanning you are damaging your skin cells and putting them in trauma

  • Through allowing exposure to UV radiation in the sun, premature aging, sunspots, wrinkles, sagging and increases your risk of skin cancer

Encourage early detection this week by spreading the awareness on social media using the hashtag #ownyourtone and discourage tanning among friends and family by promoting body confidence in the skin they have.

Prevention is key when the UV index is 3 or above and the following precautions are a great start for being SunSmart:

  • Slip on sun-protective clothing

  • Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen

  • Slap on a broad-brimmed hat

  • Seek shade

  • Slide on sunglasses

Download the SunSmart app on your phone so you can be prepared and check in advance what the UV index is when planning outdoor fun activities this summer.

Check yourself:

If you have a family history of skin cancer in your family, ensure regular check-ups at your GP

Check your skin for new spots, moles and freckles.

Make a note of how they look and feel and monitor them overtime.

Any changes in their shape, texture or form are worthy of a doctor’s visit.

Donate:

Donate this week or get your workplace involved in setting up a fundraiser to find a cure, raise awareness and make the treatment of skin cancer patients a little easier.

Workplace:

Ensure you have posters and policies in place to encourage safe outdoor work practices in the sun. Have a sunscreen and hat station that people can leave their own hats and sunscreen at to use when needed.

Top Tip: Most face foundations have sunscreen in them but ensure you invest in a good one that will last you the whole day. Be protected and look great all day long!