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Eve O'Connell3 years ago

Take Slip Slop Slap to the next level!

In Australia, we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. In 2011, over 2000 Australians died from this disease. While the mortality rate is declining as the population gets more skin-smart, it's super important (and super easy) to practise effective ways to prevent skin cancer. Whether you're new to the Australian sunshine, or you just need a refresher after the long winter, we've recommended some tips and tricks for becoming more sun-smart, as well as recommended some Pottsville medical clinics and centres where you can have your skin checked.

The popular Slip Slop Slap method that we all know and grew up with has changed slightly. Before, it was all about slipping on some clothes, slopping on that sunscreen and slapping on a hat. Nowadays, with the increasing harshness of UV rays, we’ve added some new S’s to the routine.


Slip on some clothes

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Now we’re not suggesting full Victorian attire for your seaside frolic, but when you’re not enjoying the water, it’s important to wear a tee shirt and shorts to better protect yourself from UV rays. The more skin you cover, the better your shield from the sun will be. Wear a rash vest while in the water for optimal sun protection too.


Slop on some sunscreen

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An imperative part of any Aussie home, sunscreen should be applied every time you head out in the sun, and reapplied after swimming or after the amount of time specified on the sunscreen bottle. Even when you’re simply driving, sunscreen applied to the arms could save you from that annoying ‘driver’s arm’ burn.


Slap on a hat

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Have you ever experienced the pain of brushing your hair when you have a sunburnt scalp? It ain’t pretty. Trust us, wear a hat to save yourself from that horror.


Seek out some shade

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When you finally make your way to the glittering ocean or luscious parklands, find a shady tree to set up your picnic under, or bring a tent, sunshade or umbrella with you.


Slide on some sunnies

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It’s not all about your skin! Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and keep your vision in tip-top shape. After filtering UV rays over many years, your eyes and eyelids become more susceptible to damage, so always remember to wear sunglasses that meet Australian UV protection standards and have polarised lenses.


For more tips and tricks on how to combat the Aussie sun this summer, check out the Cancer Council Australia’s website.


To prevent the risk of skin cancer and also get to know your own body, book in for a skin checkup at your local Pottsville medical centre.


Pottsville Family Practice & Skin Cancer Clinic

Phone: (02) 6181 0270
Address: Shops 4 & 5/15 Coronation Ave, Pottsville, NSW 2489

Caring for the whole family, the team at Pottsville Family Practice & Skin Cancer Clinic can provide everything you need to keep your health on track. Some of their services include:

  • Skin cancer checks
  • Surgical procedures
  • General checkups, and much more

If it’s been a while since your last skin check, or you need a general checkup, book an appointment with the team at Pottsville Family Practice & Skin Cancer Clinic. Find them on LocalSearch.


Central Pottsville Medical Centre

Phone: (02) 6676 0055
Address: Pottsville Plaza, 5 Coronation Ave, Pottsville Beach, NSW 2489

Conveniently located in The Plaza Shopping Village, Central Pottsville Medical Centre is the place to go for all of your healthcare queries and needs. Some of their services and specialties include:

  • Both female & male doctors
  • Cardiologist on-site
  • General medical checkups, and more

You’ll feel at ease with the friendly and compassionate staff at Central Pottsville Medical Centre. Find them on LocalSearch.

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