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What to watch for after skin cancer

Having a proper post skin cancer diagnosis plan is essential in helping to minimise recurrence. Here are five actions you might consider taking once you have been diagnosed with skin cancer to help minimise it returning.

1. Regular self-examinations:

Develop a regular habit of checking your skin so you notice any changes early. Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently seen than felt. As soon as you notice any change to your skin, including any new spots, moles or freckles or changes around the site of your previous skin cancer, visit your doctor and get it checked.

The best way to remember what to look for when you are checking your skin is to use the SCAN acronym: […]

By |January 27th, 2016|Skin Cancer, Skin Cancer Checks|0 Comments

Parched lips: more than just a bad look

On hot days, many Australians flock to the beach and thanks to extensive government awareness campaigns, most people are well equipped to deal with the harsh UV rays produced by the Australian sun. However, in between applying a SPF 30+ sunscreen, donning wide brimmed hats and protective clothing, as well as seeking out shade, many of us forget one crucial area of our body that needs protection – our lips!

Our lips are not something that should be taken for granted, especially as http://www.skincancer.org states that lips are not an uncommon area for non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal and squamous cell carcinoma. Australia’s skin cancer statistics are scary. […]

By |January 20th, 2016|Skin Cancer, Sun Protection|0 Comments

Five ways to reduce your chances of skin cancer

According to Cancer Council Australia, two out of three Australians will suffer from skin cancer by the age of 70. This means the majority of our population will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime! This is a worrying statistic, however, it is one that can be lowered.

 So what actions can we take now to help reduce our chances of skin cancer?

The “slip, slop, slap” slogan is well known to many older Australians, however Cancer Council Australia has added another two actions to this list: slip, slop, slap, seek and slide; slip on protective clothing, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses. These steps aim to limit sun exposure helping to decrease your risk of skin cancer. This is because skin cancer is caused by overexposure to harmful UV radiation from the sun, causing damage to skin cells. An SPF 50+ sunscreen will help to block these damaging rays and it’s worthwhile considering using a water resistant protector, as perspiration and beach or pool water will remove non-water resistant creams. Keep in mind your initial application should be 20 minutes before you head outdoors and it should be reapplied every two hours.

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By |January 12th, 2016|Skin Cancer Prevention, Skin Cancer Risk|0 Comments

What does the UV Index mean?

The UVI (Ultra Violet Radiation Index) is a tool that helps us determine the amount of sunscreen we need to apply and whether or not we need to implement sun-smart practises. But what does the UV and UVI actually mean?

According to the WHO (the World Health Organisation) website, the UVI is “a measure of the level of UV radiation. The values of the index range from zero upward – the higher the UVI, the greater the potential for damage to the skin and eye and the less time it takes for harm to occur”.

The UVI is an important tool for us to understand the danger of ongoing sun exposure; it provides a comprehensive indication of the level of harm each day offers, and reminds us lf the appropriate measures that need to be taken. […]

By |January 4th, 2016|Skin Cancer Prevention|0 Comments
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