Slip! Slop! Slap! What are Safe Levels of Sun Exposure?
Most of us are familiar with the sun safety mantra ‘slip, slop, slap’. However, while most people take preventive measures to avoid sun damage, others prefer to indulge themselves in UV rays to develop their tan or perhaps absorb more Vitamin D. Over the past decade there have been increased health concerns regarding low levels of Vitamin D. However, it is estimated that two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, from too much sun exposure. Therefore, the question remains: what is the optimum amount of Vitamin D required to maintain general health? We were joined by Professor Andrew Miller, the head of department for Dermatology at The Canberra Hospital. He was also the past president of the Australasian College of Dermatology and is a member of the Australian Medical Association. We’ve discussed how to avoid skin cancer whilst maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D this summer.