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Protection from the sun hits 50+

Kokoda Martin, 5, and Elizabeth Noble, 4, from Country Kids Child Care and Kindergarten slip, slop and slap before playing outside.
Kokoda Martin, 5, and Elizabeth Noble, 4, from Country Kids Child Care and Kindergarten slip, slop and slap before playing outside. Linden Morris

WITH the risk of skin cancer present on the Granite Belt, like everywhere else, residents should embrace the news that SPF 30-plus sunscreen has been knocked off the top of the ladder after the Australian Sunscreen Standard approved SPF 50-plus as the new standard.

Chairwoman of the Australian Self-Medication Industry Dr Kerryn Greive described it as great news.

"SPF 50-plus sunscreen will reduce the damaging UV rays getting to our skin but about 50%, when compared to an SPF 30-plus," she said.

"This analysis is based on testing the amount of sunburning light that is still getting to the skin.

"Reducing the amount of UV light that causes sunburn by about 50% means that we are reducing the risk that we will get sunburnt or get pre-cancerous skin changes."

Dr Greive said it was the cumulative dose of UV light penetrating people's skin over their lifetime that would contribute to their risk of getting skin cancer.

Skin cancer is one of the few preventable cancers, although one Australian dies from skin cancer every eight hours, and another diagnosis of skin cancer occurs almost every minute of the day.

Topics:  skin cancer sun protection sunscreen

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