State health minister Lawrence Springborg is urging Queenslanders to think about their sun safety behaviours in light of Skin Cancer Action Week, with the minister stating that Queensland has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
Mr Springborg said the week – running from November 18 to 24 – is a reminder of the damage the sun can do to our skin.
"Considering 80 per cent of damage occurs in the first 20 years of a person’s life, it is vital young people start looking at ways to protect their skin from damage," said Mr Springborg.
"The good news is that skin cancer, including melanoma, is largely preventable and the earlier it’s caught the better the chance of survival," Mr Springborg said.
Queensland Health have a free app, Sun Effects Booth, that allows young people to see the impact that sun damage can have on them in the future if they don't improve sun safety practices.
Some tips to stay sun safe all year round include applying sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and reapplying every two hours, wearing bucket, legionnaire or broad brimmed caps and wearing clothing that covers as much skin as possible – with close weave fabrics recommended as the best.
You can also make a step to ensuring your medical needs are looked after with private health cover.
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