13th August 2019
Australia may be famous for its outdoor lifestyle, but we also lead the world in another, more unenviable, statistic – skin cancer.
The sun in Australia is one of the harshest in the world and Australians are understandably serious about protecting themselves and their families from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Whilst the UK may not see as much sunshine as we do here in Australia, UK deaths from melanoma have increased by 156% since the early 1970s, so skin cancer is still a very real risk.
You can help reduce your chances of developing the disease by regularly using sunscreen and we strongly recommend using sunscreen daily throughout the whole year and minimising skin exposure to the sun by covering up and seeking shade.
There are a lot of survey results, including our most recent survey, that indicate the majority of people still aren’t heeding the warning, even though they are even more educated than ever on the damage UV can cause to the skin.
We work closely with health professionals, organisations and charities in the UK to continue to encourage people to make a change now and use sunscreen daily to help prevent skin cancers later in life.
Every change we do today to reduce UV getting to our skin will reduce the risk of sun damage later in life. It is never too late to reduce sun exposure.
 Cancer Council Australia. What is skin cancer? [Internet] Available from: https://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/skin-cancer.html
 Cancer Research UK. Skin cancer incidence statistics [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2017 Mar 20]. Available from: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/skin-cancer/mortality
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