A study by Brown University in the US which followed 100,000 women over a twenty year period found that five serious sunburns between the ages of 15-20 increased their chances of being diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer by 80%. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. Non-melanoma skin cancer risk also increased by 68% in the same group.
Separately, Cancer Research UK has reported that getting sun burnt once every two years can triple your risk of getting melanoma skin cancer.
Sunburn is a clear sign that your skin cells have been damaged by too much UV light. Your skin reacts to the sunlight by producing more melanin which in turn darkens the colour of your skin as a way to naturally protect itself. Individuals who have pale skin produce less melanin and are most likely to get sunburn.
Skin cancer is caused primarily by the cumulative effects of UV light exposure, so every time you get sunburnt it increases your chances of getting skin cancer later on in life.
Skin cancer accounts for around 80% of all cancers diagnosed in Australia which makes it the most common form of cancer. Around 2,000 people a year die from skin cancer in Australia.
Dermatologists recommend UPF50+ sun protective clothing as the most effective form of sun protection, avoid sunburn and prevent skin cancer. UPF50+ is the maximum sun protective rating for clothing in Australia.
Solbari Sun Protection offers a range of award-winning UPF50+ sun protective clothing, sun hats, arm sleeves, gloves and umbrellas. All of the Solbari’s products are tested and rated UPF50+ by the Australian Government.
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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."