As many of you already know, at SOLBARI we encourage every one to get to know their skin and check it regularly.
Your skin is your largest organ. The average adult has two square meters of it! It is your first line of defence from bacteria, harsh temperatures, damaging sunlight, pollution, UVA and UVB rays. You tend to encounter these pretty much every day of your life.
Sun damage is cumulative and takes years to appear in the form of moles, visible lines, wrinkles, sun spots and moles. If you are unsure about a mole or spot, you should get your GP, dermatologist or skin doctor to take a look at it.
Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon says: “Don’t be lured by the prospect of the ‘healthy tan’ this summer – there’s no such thing. Over exposure to the sun has been identified as the cause of around 99% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 95% of melanoma in Australia.”
There is no such thing as a healthy tan!
It largely depends on two factors: the UV index in your location at a specific time and your skin type.
The UV index or ultra violet index is an international standard measurement of the sunburning UV in a particular place at a particular time.
Australia has one of the highest incidence rates of skin cancer in the World. By the age of 70, two in every three Australians are expected to have encountered issues with melanoma and non-melanoma related skin cancer.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have reported that 780,000 skin cancers were diagnosed and treated in 2010 alone. The Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, estimate that around 14,000 Australians were diagnosed with Melanoma, the mostly deadly form of skin cancer in 2017.
In 1975, Thomas Fitzpatrick developed a numerical classification for different skin types as a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure.
To this day the Fitzpatrick Scale remains a recognised dermatological tool for determining human skin pigmentation, the likely impact of UV overexposure on an individual and their risk of skin cancer related issues.