The Australian Cancer Council have made an announcement stating they no longer recommend the use of spray-on and aerosol sunscreens. They have also withdrawn their own branded spray-on sunscreens from their online shop.
The CEO of the Cancer Council, Professor Sancha Aranda, explained to reporters that Australians are not particularly good at the correct application of these types of sunscreens and that we should stick to using sunscreen creams and lotions.
A recent study has shown that 17% of Australians report that they are still getting sunburnt on weekends despite using sunscreen regularly. This highlights the need for Australians to learn how to apply sunscreen properly: using the correct amount and knowing when to reapply.
Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before exposure to the sun, using approximately 5 mL per arm, leg, face and back. It will also need to be reapplied every 2 – 4 hours and after swimming, exercising and drying off with a towel.
Protecting your skin from sun damage is the best way to lower your risk of skin cancer. There are, however, some skin cancers like acral melanoma, that may not be linked to UV damage. It is important to have your skin checked by a doctor experienced in dermatoscopy and early skin cancer detection. Early detection of skin cancer can save lives.
Book in for a skin check or molemap at our Mornington or Frankston clinic. All our doctors are accredited with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia.
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