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8. Sun protection Volume 15 Issue 2

Michael Giffin, Louisa Jorm, Lee Taylor, Margaret Thomas

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Michael Giffin

Louisa Jorm

Lee Taylor

Margaret Thomas


Some sun exposure is beneficial to health; for example, by helping the body to produce vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones. However, excessive sun exposure can lead to sunburn in the short-term and to melanoma and other skin cancers in the long-term. Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world, and the incidence of new cases of melanoma continues to rise.