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Even during a pandemic, skin checks are vital

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with a least two in three people being diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. During the pandemic, there has been a reduction in the number of people getting their skin examined and therefore diagnosis of skin cancer have also reduced.*

Unfortunately, the rates of skin cancer do not alter during a viral pandemic, so it is important that we continue to get checked.

The majority of skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun. Sun damage can occur at any time of year, especially in Australia, so it’s important to protect yourself from the sun.

To avoid skin damage, follow the below five steps:

  • SLIP on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • SLOP on some broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or greater) sunscreen. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outdoors and reapply every two hours, more frequently if you’re heavily sweating or towel drying. Apply at least a teaspoon of sunscreen for each limb, front and back of the body and half a teaspoon for the face, neck and ears.
  • SLAP on a hat to protect your face, neck and ears. A broad brimmed, bucket or legionnaire style hat provide the best protection.
  • SEEK SHADE from the sun wherever possible, especially between 10am and 3pm when the UV is at its peak.
  • SLIDE on some sunglasses that are polarised, close-fitting, wrap-around style of sunglasses and meet Australian standards (AS/NZS1067).

To find out the UV index and sun protection times, check the weather app on your phone or the Bureau of Meteorology website.

If you’d like a quote or comparison on your Private Health Insurance, contact us today and we can put you in touch with the Astute Simplicity Health team.


* https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34009666/

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