Sun, Skin and Health begins with an explanation of what skin cancer is and how it forms, then discusses ultraviolet radiation and how to protect yourself, the effects of tanning, myths and truths about sunscreen, getting enough Vitamin D, the impact of the sun on your eyes, early detection and treatment of skin cancer, and life after skin cancer. It is a must-read for anyone living under the Australian and New Zealand sun.
Skin cancer is Australia’s ‘national cancer’. At least two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70 and over 1000 Australians are treated for skin cancer every day. The good news is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. This book brings together leading experts in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, providing practical information about the sun and health.
The book begins with an explanation of what skin cancer is and how it forms, then discusses ultraviolet radiation and how to protect yourself, the effects of tanning, myths and truths about sunscreen, getting enough Vitamin D, the impact of the sun on your eyes, early detection and treatment of skin cancer, and life after skin cancer. It is a must-read for anyone living under the Australian and New Zealand sun.
Written in an accessible style to make the science and associated advice practical and available to the general public
Endorsed by the Cancer Council of Australia
Scientifically sound advice
Up to date advice on sun exposure and skin cancer prevention
List of contributors
Chapter 1 What is skin cancer and how does it form?
Chapter 2 Ultraviolet radiation: nuts and bolts of the big skin cancer factor
Chapter 3 Tanning and solaria
Chapter 4 UV protection by clothing, hats and umbrellas
Chapter 5 ‘Slop on some sunscreen’: the mysteries and truth about sunscreen
Chapter 6 ‘Seek shade’: have it made in the shade
Chapter 7 The sun and eyes: sunlight-induced eye disease and its prevention
Chapter 8 Vitamin D, health and the sun: finding the right balance
Chapter 9 Early detection saves lives: what should we look for?
Chapter 10 Melanoma treatment
Chapter 11 Treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers
Chapter 12 What about after skin cancer treatment?
Chapter 13 What we are doing about sun protection: are we making progress?
Family and friends of those treated for skin cancer
Anyone with pale skin and concerned about skin cancer
Undergraduate students in any health discipline and primary care professionals from pharmacy assistants, community health nurses, health promotion people, people in Occupational safety and health roles
"the skin cancer guide every family should have." Adelaide Advertiser, October 2014
"This is a book which should be in every school, every fire station, every farm, every holiday home." Cooma-Monaro Express, December 2014
Terry Slevin is one of Cancer Council’s foremost experts on public health research and health promotion. He is currently Director, Education and Research, at Cancer Council Western Australia where he has worked since 1994. He has chaired the Cancer Council Australia National Skin Cancer Committee for over 3 years and currently also chairs the Occupational and Environmental Cancer Committee. He was founding Chairman of the Cancer Council Australia Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, and is an active researcher in cancer prevention and early detection issues.