WORK OUTSIDE? YOU COULD BE ONE OF THE 2 IN 3 AUSTRALIANS DIAGNOSED WITH SKIN CANCER BEFORE THE AGE OF 70.
Did you know each year in Australia, around 200 melanomas and 34,000 non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by exposure to UV radiation while working outside?
That’s not all
- Outdoor workers receive up to 10 times more exposure to UV radiation than indoor workers
- Between 95 and 99% of skin cancers in Australia are caused by UV radiation
- Around 80% of all newly-diagnosed cancers are skin cancers
- GPs have almost 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer
WEARING A HAT BUT FORGETTING THE REST – IT’S NOT A GREAT PLAN.
TO AVOID SKIN CANCER, DO THE FIVE – SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SEEK, SLIDE.
Slip on sun-protective clothing to cover as much of your skin as possible. Long pants and long-sleeved collared shirts are a good option.
Slop on SPF30 or higher sunscreen. This is the last line of defence for the parts of the body which cannot be covered any other way. Remember to reapply at least every two hours!
Slap on a broad-brimmed hat. Not a cap. Brim attachments are available for hard hats and helmets. Legionnaire-style hats are a good alternative if a broad-brimmed hat doesn’t suit your type of work because they protect the ears and neck.
Seek shade. Reduce your exposure to the sun with shade whenever possible, especially during breaks. This will also help reduce your likelihood of heat stress.
Slide on some sunglasses – close-fitting, wrap-around styles are best.
Did you know?
Even when it’s overcast, the UV radiation can still have damaging effects and increase your long-term risk of developing skin cancer. Sun safety is important all year round.
Don’t forget to work safe outdoors
Work outside? If you remember your sun protection, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer.