Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world and Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in Australia. Over two thirds of Australians will develop some form of skin cancer during their lives. Fair-skinned people are at the highest risk. 

Early detection is essential as skin cancer can spread rapidly throughout the body. Prevention is by far the best option. Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous kind of skin cancer and if untreated it can rapidly invade other tissues and spread throughout the body.

When the sun’s ultra violet rays penetrate the skin they injure living cells and make them swell and the skin will burn. In an effort to prevent further injury, your skin develops a tan – but this in fact is an attempt to defend itself against the harshness of the sun. A tan is literally sun damage- damage that builds up year after year, tan after tan. A tan does not protect you from getting skin cancer. Apart from the risk of skin cancer over-exposure to the sun makes the skin dry, wrinkled and less elastic. Once this has happened, no lotion or potion can reverse the process.

HOT SUN HINTS

Minimise exposure to the sun,

Always apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out in the sun and be sure to use a sunscreen with a 50+ sun protective factor.

Reapply every two hours for maximum protection.

Do not just rely on a sunscreen.  Use protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses.

Daily use of maximum protection sunscreen, worn daily is the single most effective anti-ageing skin regime.

Whenever possible keep out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. The risk is greatest when the sun is directly overhead in summer especially in the middle of the day. Major risk times are between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. The average skin begins to suffer damage in the sun after about 10 minutes.

NO SKIN TANNED, FAIR OR OTHERWISE SHOULD STAY UNPROTECTED IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME.