Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand and that our country has some of the highest level of ultraviolet (UV) radiation?

The NZ Herald recently published the findings of a Southern Cross survey which revealed 51% of parents admitted their children had been sunburnt during the sunny months.

Southern Cross health society chief executive Peter Tynan said the statistics were a worry as “The Skin Cancer foundation say one blistering sunburn in the children adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma, so it pays to be extra careful, especially when dealing with young skin”.

The SunSmart website reminds Kiwis enjoying the sunshine this summer to:

  • Slip into a long-sleeved shirt and into the shade. Generally, fabrics with a tighter weave and darker colours will give you greater protection from the sun.
  • Slop on plenty of sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours. Reapply more frequently if sweating or swimming.
  • Slap on a hat with a wide-brim or a cap with flaps.
  • Wrap on a pair of close-fitting sunglasses.

Make an appointment with one of our doctors if you are concerned about any spots or moles, or to have a preventative skin check