Skin cancer awareness

15.05.19

In winter, with reduced sun exposure and the potential for lower UV levels, your employees may not be giving much thought to skin cancer. Skin cancers, including melanomas, can develop over weeks, months, or even years. So it’s important for all Australians to stay on top of changes to their skin resulting from previous UV exposure that have the potential to become malignant. However, we may be less likely to notice skin changes while rugged up in winter clothes.

Although sun damage tends to occur more in summer, skin cancers can appear at any time of year. Fortunately, many skin cancers that are detected early have a good chance of being successfully treated.

To empower your employees to keep checking their skin over the winter months, here we explain what to look for, how often to look, and why it’s important not to forget about the body’s largest organ in winter.

For more about Bupa’s onsite skin cancer checks, click here.

Download our Tips for keeping safe in the sun factsheet for more information.

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