Having a suntan used to be considered the sign of a healthy glow, evidence of time spent outdoors being active or the remnants of a recent sun filled holiday. But as we’ve come to understand, the damage caused by UVA and UVB rays can be not only irreversible and lethal – but now we’re coming to understand that you don’t even need the sun to experience its toxic effects.
Skin cancers, particularly melanomas, continue to increase in Australia despite 30 years of the ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ sun protection campaign. This is partly due to the fact that before the mid 1990’s, most sunscreens protected against UVB rays only.
Tonic TV | T-S062 | S03E08