The land down under is synonymous with sunshine, sand, and some of the world’s best tans. However, this beauty is not without its burdens. Australia is also home to some of the world’s highest rates of UV exposure and with that comes skin cancer. It’s a real concern, and thankfully it’s not one without a solution. Businesses and homes alike can play their part to minimise the risk by staying sun smart with dependable sun protection.

What is Melanoma?

Excessive sun exposure can cause skin damage that leads to melanoma. Melanoma is a skin cancer that begins in cells known as melanocytes. Melanocytes can grow into non-cancerous moles. The change in size, shape, or colour of a mole can be an indicator of melanoma. Diagnosis should be sought out as soon as possible to improve the chances of cure before it spreads to other areas of the body through metasis.

The Facts

  • Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidences of melanoma in the world.
  • On average, 30 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma every day and more than 1,200 will die from the disease each year.
  • 1 in 14 Australian men and 1 in 24 Australian women are likely to be affected at some point in their lives.
  • One person every five hours will die from melanoma in Australia.
  • Melanoma causes 75% of skin cancer deaths.


The Keys to Preventing Melanoma

Being sun smart is the only strategy to preventing melanoma which involves reducing sun exposure and maximising sun protection. Here are some important tips to always keep top-of-mind when enjoying your days in sunny Australia:

  • Seek shade.
  • Gain more vitamin D through dietary means.
  • Wear wraparound sun glasses.
  • Apply about 2 tablespoons of 50+, broad spectrum sunscreen to your whole body 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours or precisely after excessive sweating or a swim.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun and make sure babies over the age of six months are wearing sunscreen.
  • Wear sun protective clothing.
  • Exercise extra cautions in reflective environments as sand and water reflect and magnify the damaging effects of sun rays.
  • Examine your skin from head to toe monthly and seek the opinion of a dermatologist yearly.
  • Wear a broad brimmed hat.
  • Avoid getting sunburn as just one case of sunburn can double the likelihood you will develop melanoma later.

Melanoma Institute Australia

Melanoma Institute Australia is a non-profit, non-government Australian organisation dedicated to preventing and curing melanoma by pioneering advances in research and treatment that are making a difference to the lives of patients today.

More Than a Business

Ricky Richards is dedicated to provide the highest level of sun protection to allow you to enjoy Australia’s surreal weather safely and free of concern. Not only do we provide a wealth of advice and work alongside the world-leading Melanoma Institute Australia; we also offer a range of high-quality sun control fabrics to protect you from the sun whether you’re at work or at home relaxing.