A number of Members of the ACT general assembly are within the hot seat today as they need their skin checked to assist promote the vital importance of self-examination and early detection within the prevention of carcinoma.
Local dermatologist and President of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, Dr. Andrew Miller, will conduct the skin checks as a part of an area push to work out more people within the ACT community progressing to know their skin better and protecting against future skin damage.
The skin checks are arranged by Cancer Council ACT in conjunction with the ACT Australian Medical Association (AMA), as a sequel to National carcinoma Action Week, as how to encourage all to be ‘skin smart’.
Recent data has shown adults don’t seem to be as sun savvy as their children and lots of still spend time within the sun without protection.
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Dr. Miller said, “Often we see Australian parents neglecting to protect themselves well from the harm of UV rays while being able to protect their children using hats, sunscreen (like the ones featured at), and rashies. It is never too late to guard your skin as two-thirds of adults developing carcinoma in their lifetime.”
Cancer Council ACT CEO, Sandra Turner, says the most recent Cancer Council National Sun Survey shows adults are using more sunscreen but not wearing the maximum amount of clothing for correct UV protection.
“It is important to hide up; slip, slop, slap, seek shade, and slide on sunglasses as UV levels within the ACT above three throughout most of the day from now until the end of May.
“We want to determine more adults within the ACT joining their children in being SunSmart. Getting our flesh pressers to steer by example is a technique to induce the message out there,” said Sandra.