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Skin cancer in Australia: What are the risks and how to protect yourself

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Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Most skin cancers, including melanoma, occur after damage to skin cells from unprotected exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Highlights

  • Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can cause DNA damage to the skin cells.  
  • For people with darker skin tones, their risk factor is lower, but they can still get skin cancer. 
  • People with dark skin are more at risk of vitamin D deficiency. 

 

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Skin cancer in Australia: What are the risks and how to protect yourself

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