Alert for Melanoma this Summer

Steoh Cooke and Rick Firman wear hats and sunglasses, they stand in front of a large swimming pool.

95 per cent of melanoma and 99 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation from the sun, and can be prevented with proper sun protection.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has issued a timely reminder of the importance of sun safety, with a newly released melanoma hotspot map showing that 23 of the 25 melanoma hotspots are in regional NSW.

“With summer now upon us, the map serves as a reminder to take simple protective measures when outdoors,” Ms Cooke said.

“Melanoma is the most common cancer among young Australians and the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in all Australians,”

“Regardless of where you live it is important to take on skin protection measures, so you minimise the risk of developing melanoma.”

Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said despite having one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, many of us are still not doing enough to reduce our skin cancer risk.

“This should be a real reminder to our regional communities, if you step outside, whether it’s at the beach or for a walk to the shops or along the river, apply sunscreen, wear a hat and sunglasses, cover up and seek shade,” Mrs Taylor said.

Cancer Institute NSW recently launched a powerful new skin cancer campaign targeting the nearly 70 per cent  of 18-24 year olds who fail to protect their skin outdoors.

The campaign focuses on the invisible but potentially lethal threat of UV radiation, illustrated through the use of arrows penetrating unprotected skin.

The most effective defence against UV radiation is to follow five key steps before leaving the house: Slip on protective clothing, Slop on SPF50 sunscreen, Slap on a wide brimmed hat, Seek shade, and Slide on sunglasses. Sunscreen should always be re-applied every two hours.

For more information on the hotspot map visit: Know the NSW melanoma hotspots | Cancer Institute NSW

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