SUN protection for all ages is important.
Here in our region, there is an abundance of sun, so protection is vital. In the northern parts of Australia (that includes the Northern Rivers) UV levels are above three all year round and reach extreme levels of 14+ in summer, so sun protection is needed daily.
Every year, in Australia skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers and between 95 and 99% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun - and most, if not all this exposure could be avoided by sensible dressing, shading and wearing appropriate skin protecting products.
Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
Over the past decades, the incidence of skin cancer has risen in Australia. From 1982 to 2010 melanoma diagnoses increased by around 60%.
From 1998 to 2007, GP consultations to treat non-melanoma skin cancer increased by 14%, to reach almost one million visits each year.
Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of skin cancer, with almost double the incidence in men compared to women.
More than 434,000 people are treated for non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year and that number is growing.
It is never too late to protect your skin from further damage. Wear hats, carry an umbrella, wear loose clothing and, where possible avoid exposure during the hottest days.