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Skin Cancer: What to look out for

Along with our Kiwi mates across the Tasman, Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. According to the Cancer Council, by the age of 70 two thirds of all Australians will have developed some sort of skin cancer, making it the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the country.

Why? For a start, Australia is situated under a large Ozone hole, but that is only part of the problem. With our warm climate and 33,000kms of beach-studded coastline, Australians tend to spend a lot of time in the sun with very few layers on, making them more susceptible to developing skin cancer. And sadly, most UV skin damage occurs before a person reaches adulthood.

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