Stay Sun Smart This Summer
As residents of Far North Queensland we have an obligation to look after our skin from the harmful effects of UV damage. Cumulative exposure to harsh UV rays means that we have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.
Prevention and maintenance is key in order to combat the damaging effects of sun damage. There are both cosmetic and medical concerns when considering sun damage.
‘Age spots’ are caused by cumulative exposure to the sun, for example. Over time more and more pigment spots will arise all over the body. The skin can also become wrinkled and saggy, and may either be thickened and dry or thin and fragile over time.
As well as these cosmetic concerns, pre-cancerous lesions and skin cancers may start to appear. In this case it is important to have regular check ups with your skin doctor. Even if you have never had a skin cancer before, if you have had cumulative exposure to the sun, it is a good idea to have a full skin check.
During your full skin check appointment our doctors will use the latest equipment to ensure they don’t miss even the smallest abnormality on your skin. If you are a low risk for developing skin cancer you may be recommended to return in 12 months. For those in a high risk category, they may return every 3-6 months. Remember: A full skin check could save your life.
Some of our top tips for staying sun smart this summer:
- Use a good quality sunscreen SPF 50+ everyday
- Wear wide-brimmed hats, long sleeves, polarised sunglasses and other protective clothing when out in the sun (driving in the car- we recommend Ice Rays sleeves $29.95 SPF50)
- Look for changes in your and your loved one’s skin- if there is anything suspicious book a FSC
- Keep regular appointments with your skin doctor to monitor your skin
- We stock and recommend the Allmedic products to improve sun damage
Overdue or concerned about your skin? Book a full skin check with one of our experienced skin doctors today.