With the start of summer I thought it might be a good time to post about the NSW Governments ‘Dark Side of Tanning’ campaign. Only yesterday I found myself laying by the pool soaking up some sun. Sure I was wearing sunscreen, but I still hoped to come away with a little colour. Despite knowing the dangers, I’m still silly enough to think a tan looks healthy. After reading articles on this website, I’ll be sticking to fake-tan from now on!
- Tanning is skin cells in trauma, trying to protect themselves from cancer
- One damaged skin cell can start a melanoma growing
- Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world for both males and females – more than twice those in other countries
Protecting yourself in The Sutherland Shire
- Choose shaded beaches such as Darook Park or Blackwoods. Park your towel under a tree! If you head down to Wanda or Elouera Beach, try and take an umbrella.
- If your children compete in team sports or exercise outdoors, make sure they are loaded up with sunscreen
- When bush-walking around the Royal National Park wear protective clothing, sunglasses and a hat!