Being Sun Smart Across the Globe

June 24, 2008 by  
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Sun Smart Campaigns are taking place from Australia to the U.S.

Take a peek at a few videos from all over the world:

Did you know that Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world? According the Cancer Council of Victoria, over 1,600 Australians die from skin cancer each year.

Summer began in February for this country and the Cancer Council of Australia kicked off summer with marie claire magazine’s launch of the SunSmart campaign together with 17 Aussie designers as part of their 150th issue to raise awareness of sun safety. All profits from the sale go to the Cancer Council. “17 designers created limited edition items like sunnies, hats, beach towels and even Swarovski-studded wedges for Australians to get the message: stay in the shade, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat.”

Back in the U.S., Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the American Academy of Dermatology are kicking off the Play Sun Smart Campaign to Strike Out Skin Cancer by raising awareness about skin cancer and offer detection and prevention tips for baseball player, team staff and fans.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control, (CDC) who gives risk factors for skin cancer:

  • Lighter natural skin color.
  • Family history of skin cancer.
  • Personal history of skin cancer.
  • Exposure to the sun through work and play.
  • A history of sunburns early in life.
  • Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily, or becomes painful in the sun.
  • Blue or green eyes.
  • Blond or red hair.
  • Certain types and a large number of moles.

Think you’re sun savvy? Take the RAYS YOUR GRADE quiz by the American Academy of Dermatology.

Sun Tips For Summer

From the American Academy of Dermatology president Dr. C. William Hanke:

  • Use a topical sunscreen of SPF 30 or more.
  • If you’re going to be out in the sun, try to do it before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest. “If you could play golf or tennis early or late in the day, then you’re going to save yourself a lot of unnecessary damage,” Hanke said.
  • Also cover up with long-sleeved shirts, sunglasses and hats.
  • Be especially careful near water, snow and sand, as all three reflect the sun’s damaging rays.
  • Avoid tanning beds, another source of damaging ultraviolet rays.
  • Check your skin once a year on your birthday for signs of skin cancer.

So go out there and have a sun safe summer!
For more information on melanoma and skin cancer visit the Battling Cancer archives today.

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2 Responses to “Being Sun Smart Across the Globe”
  1. Hey Missy. Thanks for stopping by.

    I know what you mean. I now look at every spot suspiciously.

    You are in the book drawing btw!!!

  2. Missy Tippens says:

    I have my annual cancer check with the dermatologist scheduled for July. I got my hubby to go, too!

    Since we’re never sure what all the spots/moles/freckles/peely places are, I think it’s important to let a doctor check you over each year.


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