#OwnYourTone to protect yourself against skin cancer this summer

Image from Own Your Tone campaign
November 16, 2018

With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) is encouraging you to make the pledge to be sun safe this National Skin Cancer Action Week (18 to 24 November) and throughout summer. This includes being aware of the risks of exposure to UV radiation, the need for sun protection and encourage early skin cancer detection.

More than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year, and the Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially over the past few years.

Most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection. You can protect your skin and eyes against sun damage when the UV index is three or above by following these five simple steps:

  • slip on sun-protective clothing
  • slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
  • slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  • seek shade
  • slide on sunglasses.

This National Skin Cancer Action Week and throughout summer, Cancer Council is encouraging everyone to #OwnYourTone and embrace your natural skin tone and avoid exposing your skin to damaging levels of UV radiation.

A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk. Find out more information about the National Skin Cancer Action Week by visiting the website (external link).