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Busting Sunburn Myths On Breakfasters

It’s the middle of summer in Australia and for many that means spending time by the water. For a lot of people, it also means sunburn. Despite leading research in this area, Australia has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world – more cases are diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined. Dr Elke Hacker, a Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, joins Breakfasters to bust some common sunburn myths.

Can you get sunburnt in water? Yes, according to Elke. She says that even though we feel cool in the water, and we may not be in there for long, UV can penetrate clear water and damage our skin. In summer, when UV is at its highest, damage can occur in under ten minutes and “those little incidental amounts can add up to lifelong damage”.

Says Elke, “It’s really important that we add that teaspoon per limb amount of sunscreen [and] we can use other measures such as sun protective clothing”.

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Listen to Busting Sunburn Myths On Breakfasters09:3413 January 2021