Skin Cancer Action Week 2016 (20–26 November) reminds us of what we can do to ensure good sun protection – slip on sun-protective clothing, slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses.
Skin cancer (including both melanoma and non-melanoma) is the most common cancer in Australia, with melanoma the most deadly. Not to be understated, there are also other skin cancers which can be malignant and cause painful and disfiguring lesions. New therapies are now available to treat pre-cancerous solar keratosis – more commonly known as sunspots. These spots are usually small, scaly or wart-like and appear most commonly on parts of the face such as the nose the cheeks, upper lip, temples and forehead as well as the back of the hands and forearms.
Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70 years old.
Slip, slop,slap, seek and slide.