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
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult a medical professional.