Facts & Resources
Being smart about your time in the sun can save you from skin damage, skin cancer or melanoma.
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Skin Cancer is on the rise
- Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in Australia.
- Every 90 seconds an Australian is diagnosed with Skin Cancer.
- 2 out of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with Skin Cancer by the time that they are 70 years old.
- Sunburn causes 95% of Melanomas.
- Skin Cancer is largely preventable by minimising UV (ultraviolet) exposure 2].
- Childhood sun exposure contributes significantly to your lifetime risk of skin cancer.
- Skin Cancer has a long latency period and overexposure to UV radiation during childhood and adolescence increases the risk of developing Skin Cancer at a later stage.
The hidden dangers of UV exposure
- Australia experiences some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world.
- UV radiation can neither be seen or felt
- People mistakenly believe that UV radiation is not as strong on cooler or overcast days.
- The sun emits UVA, UVB & UVC radiation. All UVC and some UVB radiation is blocked by the ozone layer.
- UV exposure during the first 18 years of a person’s life is a critical risk factor for Skin Cancer and premature aging.
- UVA radiation can age us and is the cause of long term skin damage; whereas UVB radiation causes sunburn and is the most common cause of most skin cancer.
What is the UV Index?
- The UV Index (UVI) states the intensity of UV for a particular time at a specific location.
- Over 60% of Australia has an average annual UVI of Very High (UV 8-11)
- The UVI is forecast and reported in Australia by the Bureau of Meteorology.
- When the UVI is 3 or above, sun protection is required
Skin Types and Sunburn
- Skin thickness of children from birth to 13 years is 30% thinner than adults.
- The Fitzpatrick Scale is the most commonly used methodology for the classification of different skin types by response to sun exposure.
- Sunburnt skin turns red within 2 to 6 hours of over exposure and redness continues to develop for up to 72 hours.
- In summer, a fair skinned person can burn in as little as 11 minutes.
- sundicators work by measuring the intensity of UVA and UVB exposure.
- sundicators are calibrated to Skin Type I.
- By applying the same sunscreen to the sundicator and wearer, the individual has a real time indication of their UV exposure.
- Wearing a sundicator should be part of your daily sun protection routine.
- sundicators are a personal prompt to remind you to take preventative sun protection action
Wear a Helmet Hat
- Slip-on, adjustable cover fits easily and quickly over most bicycle helmets
- The peak and legionnaire provides 360º sun protection to minimise sun exposure to the face, eyes, ears and back of neck
- Meets the Australian Cancer Council’s SunSmart Guidelines
- Most styles have a UPF50+ rating to give you the highest level of sun protection – fabric is tested and certified each year
- MSP quoted in "Sun Safety for Babies and Kids", www.mydeal.com.au