Often when we hear something bad, we think, "It'll never happen to me" but when it comes to skin cancer in Australia, unfortunately you're now statistically more likely to get it, than not.
Our Founder learned this out the hard way, becoming part of the statistics at the age of 36.
Still not convinced?
Here's some of the burning facts you should know -
- 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by 70 years old.
- Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
- Over 2000 Australians die each year from skin cancer.
- Medicare records show that there were over 1 million treatments for Squamous and Basal Cell Carcinoma skin cancers. This costs ~ $700 million per year!
- 80% of newly diagnosed cancers are skin cancers.
- Melanoma is the 4th most diagnosed cancer and Carcinomas are the most common skin cancer in Australia.
- 95% of Melanomas are linked to recreational sun exposure and could have been avoided by preventing sunburns in the early ages of the individual.
What else do we know?
- So good news, skin cancer is preventable & it's never too late to start.
- We know that nearly all skin cancers are directly related to your (cumulative) exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This means, that when you protect your skin from the sun’s UV radiation, you reduce your risk.
What can you do to minimize your risk of skin cancer -
- Wear a TGA approved sunscreen, daily
- Stay out of the sun where possible
- Wear protective clothing & eye wear
- Re-apply your sunscreen often
So know you now....... don't forget to SPF, all day Airyday!