The answer, sadly, is yes. According to the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, melanoma is the most prevalent cancer amongst people aged between 15 and 29 in Australia, accounting for more than a quarter of all detected cancers in this age group.
If you have a skin type which often burns in the sun you are most at risk of skin cancer. However, skin cancer is not isolated to this group. See our skin health blog: How many sunburns does it take to get skin cancer?
Skin cancer in around 90 per cent of cases is due to sun overexposure and is preventable. Therefore, the good news is that if you take sensible daily sun safety measures the likelihood of you getting skin cancer is materially reduced.
Whilst your friends might think that it is cool to have a suntan the reality is that there is no such thing as a healthy tan. A suntan indicates that you have damaged skin cells and the colouring of the skin is your skin trying to protect itself from further damage.
It is possible to lead a healthy, fun, outdoor lifestyle and be protected from the sun at the same time.
Dermatologists and sun safety experts recommend UPF 50+ sun protective clothing, a broad-brim sun hat and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF rating above 30.
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The Solbari Team
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Your skin is your largest organ and has a long memory. Sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) damage is cumulative throughout your life. Research shows that sun damage contributes to more than 90% of wrinkles, brown spots, premature skin ageing as well as precancerous and cancerous skin lesions.
It is very difficult to the untrained eye to identify melanomas and skin cancers because they can come in many different shapes and sizes.
As Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon from the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. says, "the earlier a skin cancer is identified and treated, the better the chance of avoiding surgery, or in the case of a serious melanoma or skin cancer, potential disfigurement or even death."