Skin Cancer Action Week
Posted on 20 November 2016
Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week. Today marks the first day of Skin Cancer Action week, which runs from 20-26 November.
The official theme of National Skin Cancer Action Week 2016 is "My #SunSmart5" and focuses on reminding Australians to use five forms of sun protection to help reduce their skin cancer risk:
As Honeybell Waterwear expands, so does my opportunity to speak with and connect with Australian women about the importance of enjoying the sun safely. Time and time again the women I speak to are surprised to learn about the scary skin cancer statistics. So this year, my focus is on raising awareness. And, with temperatures already on the rise, here are my top 4 tips to defend yourself against the dangers of sun exposure.
Tip 1: Make sun protection a daily habit
For this reason, protecting yourself against sun exposure is something that you need to do every day – not just days spent poolside or on the beach. And with summer approaching, the best time to start making sun protection a daily habit is now!
Tip 2: Cotton Doesn’t Cut It
If you are going to be outside for an extended period this summer, you need to be wearing clothing that has been specifically designed to protect you from the sun. Cotton doesn’t cut it, look for clothing labelled as providing certified UPF 50+ protection, the highest possible rating.
Tip 3: Be generous with your sunscreen
Remember, UVA rays are with us all the time, every day. Be generous with your sunscreen, most people do not use enough, apply it before you go outside and reapply it at least every 2 hours.
Tip 4: For every head, a hat
Like sun protection clothing, look for hats that are labelled as providing protection from UV exposure.
Don’t be a statistic
With so many great reasons to protect yourself from sun exposure and so much public education focused on skin protection, it’s hard to believe that we Aussies are not already world class superstars at sun safety. I implore you, please don’t be a statistic, learn more about sun protection, and enjoy the sun safely this summer.