Every year, 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer. Up to 95 per cent of melanomas and 99 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, or ‘too much time in the sun’.
UV can’t be seen or felt, but spending just a short time outdoors unprotected when the UV is 3 or above is enough to cause permanent skin damage.
Even if your skin doesn’t burn or tan.
Even if it’s cool or cloudy.
And the more time spent in the sun, the more the damage adds up.
Every time you’re unprotected in the sun, you increase your risk of developing skin cancer—whether you’re hanging the washing on the line, or enjoying an outdoor lunch with friends.