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Did you know that getting a sunburn just once every two years can triple your risk of melanoma (source: Cancer Research UK)? For this reason, sunscreen is essential in the fight against skin cancer.
On average 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime, with UV exposure being the biggest cause of the disease. According to Cancer Research UK, just one case of severe sunburn every two years heavily increases your chances of getting melanoma skin cancer.
The UV stands for Ultra Violet – basically, a ray that is invisible to the human eye. This is why sunburn does not show up straight away, as well as wrinkles which can develop over time.
By cross-referencing the results of the SkinVision app with ultrasound, Bridget Sparks is turning sonographers into a frontline tool to fight the disease that threatens the lives of over 80,000 New Zealanders every single year.
New Zealand has, together with Australia, the highest melanoma incidence in the world. The combination of skin type and UV impact from the sun put the inhibitors of New Zealand at high risk. So let’s take a closer look at the current melanoma situation in NZ.
Summer is here in Australia when many people will spend time outdoors playing sports and enjoying the sun. With the warm climate, beautiful beaches and wide-open space, the country is meant to be enjoyed this way.
Australia has a confluence of factors that put the population at risk of skin cancer. According to Cancer Council Australia, there are more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanomas in Australia each year. Currently, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer before the age of 70. In fact, it was estimated that 15,229 new cases of melanoma alone would be diagnosed in 2019 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).