Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ten Myths about Sun Protection

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ten Myths about Sun Protection

Article excerpt

THE Australasian College of Dermatologists and Cancer Council's Nat-

ional Skin Cancer Action Week starts tomorrow, and they have

released their list of 10 myths about sun protection.

With skin cancer accounting for 80 per cent of all newly-diagnosed cancers a two-out-of-three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70 a it is important and life-saving reading.

Myth 1

It is not possible to get sunburnt on cloudy or cool days.

False: You can get sunburnt on mild days due to the high levels of UV radiation that can penetrate clouds.

Myth 2

If your cosmetics contain sunscreen, you do not need to use sunscreen.

False: Foundations and moisturisers that contain sunscreen are fine if you are outside for short periods such as a quick trip to the shops at lunchtime. However, if you need to spend periods of time in the sun, use a separate sunscreen and reapply it every two hours.

Myth 3

People with olive skin are not at risk of skin cancer.

False: Regardless of skin type, if you spent your childhood in Australia you are at higher risk of developing skin cancer than someone who grew up elsewhere. People who tan easily or are naturally dark-skinned have a lower risk than people with fair skin that burns easily, but they are still at risk of skin damage and skin cancer.

Myth 4

Solariums are a safe way to get a a[approximately]base tan' to start off the summer.

False: Solariums emit UV radiation that is up to five times stronger than the noon sun, so they can damage your skin even more than a a[approximately]natural' suntan. Research shows that using a solarium can significantly increase your risk of melanoma. There is no safe way to tan.

Myth 5

People need plenty of sun exposure to avoid vitamin D deficiency.

False: On days when UV levels are high, most people get enough vitamin D through normal activity, even with sun protection. …

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