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Solbari Blog: Can a tan protect against skin cancer?

Can a tan protect against skin cancer?

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!

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Sobari Blog: How long can I stay in the sun before I burn?

How long can I stay in the sun before I burn?

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. 

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Don't miss these 7 areas!

Don't miss these 7 areas!

In this blog we highlight 7 areas which people often forget to protect and can cause serious sunburns and skin damage...

1. Ears: Have you ever had blistering, peeling ears? Well, it's pretty painful and not a good look. Don't forget to apply sunscreen on your ears, the upper area and behind them. 

2. Eyelids: It's a very delicate area, where the skin is sensitive and thin. Category 3 sunglasses will help protect the eyes as well as a wide brim sun hat.

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The truth about a suntan

The truth about a suntan

There is no such thing as a healthy tan. The skin produces a dark-coloured pigment, melanin, as a shield against further damage from UV radiation. The darkening provides some protection against sunburn: a dark tan on a white skin offers a sun protection factor of between 2 and 4. However, it is no defence against long-term UV damage such as skin cancer. A suntan may be cosmetically desirable, but in fact it is nothing but a sign that your skin has been damaged and has attempted to protect itself.
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Solbari blog: Your Story Series: Meet Katharine

Your Story Series: Meet Katharine

This summer 2018, my mother, sister, and I went to our dermatologist for full body skin checks. It had been over a year since we had been and my mom thought it would be a good idea for all of us to get an exam. None of us had any particular spots we were concerned about or thought looked abnormal. The doctor, however, found a mole on my lower calf that she thought looked just a little different than the rest. She biopsied it and it came back as melanoma in situ — the earliest and most curable form of melanoma. 
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How do I keep my skin looking young?

How do I keep my skin looking young?

This blog confirms that skin ageing is primarily due to cumulative exposure to the sun. A study led by Monash University highlighted that Australian women reported facial ageing up to 20 years earlier than those based in the USA. UPF 50+ sun protective clothing is recommended as the best way to prevent skin ageing.
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Solbari blog: Your Story Series: Meet Lynda

Your Story Series: Meet Lynda

I have a medical condition including Lupus. I have photosensitive skin and wear SunSense ultra factor 50+ every day, I am always covered while in the sun. My life wasn't always like this though. How times have changed. Today I see how dangerous and painful the sun can be, no more sunbathing for me, or my husband or son.

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Raising awareness about sun protection on skin cancer action week 2018

Raising awareness about sun protection on skin cancer action week 2018

Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing some stories from the Solbari Community to help raise awareness about the benefits of sun protection, skin cancer and melanoma.

If you are interested in sharing your story, please answer the following questions from the relevant questionnaire and send us a picture of yourself being sun safe in the outdoors.

We will be running 2 questionnaires.... 

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