Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. If caught early 95% of skin cancers are treatable, therefore skin checks should be done annually, or whenever you notice marks on the skin that are new, itchy, changing shape or bleeding. Doctors will excise any suspicious lesions.
Prevention is the aim
The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun. Doctors suggest that people of all ages limit their time in the sun and avoid other sources of UV radiation.
- It is best to stay out of the midday sun, from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can. Protect yourself from UV radiation which can reflect through light clothing, windshields, windows and clouds
- wear long sleeves and long pants of tightly woven fabrics, a wide brimmed hat, and sunglasses that absorb UV rays
- use sunscreen lotions to help prevent skin cancer, especially broad-spectrum sunscreens to filter UVA and UVB radiation with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30
- do not use sunlamps and tanning booths