Sun, Skin and Health

January 2015
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    22nd January 2015
  • ISBN 9781486301157
  • Language English
  • Pages 288 pp.
  • Size 7.5" x 9.5"
  • Images illus, color photos

Skin cancer is on the rise. Two in three Australians will develop skin cancer before the age of 70. The good news is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. This book brings together leading experts in various aspects important to the sun, health and skin cancer – prevention, diagnosis or treatment and what happens after.

The major cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun but other factors can increase or reduce your risk of skin cancer. Over 95% of skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early.

Beginning with an explanation of what skin cancer is and how it forms, Sun, Skin and Health then discusses ultraviolet radiation and how to protect yourself, the effects of tanning, myths and truths about sunscreen, getting enough Vitamin D, early detection and treatment. It is a must-read for anyone who has had an experience with skin cancer, or who is at higher risk of the disease.

List of Contributors

1) What is skin cancer and how does it form?
2) Ultraviolet radiation: nuts and bolts of the big skin cancer factor
3) Tanning and solaria
4) UV protection by clothing, hats and umbrellas
5) ‘Slop on some sunscreen’: the mysteries and truth about sunscreen
6) ‘Seek shade’: have it made in the shade
7) The sun and eyes: sunlight-induced eye disease and its prevention
8) Vitamin D, health and the sun: finding the right balance
9) Early detection saves lives: what should we look for?
10) Melanoma treatment
11) Treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers
12) What about after skin cancer treatment?
13) What we are doing about sun protection: are we making progress?


Terry Slevin

Terry Slevin is one of the Cancer Council’s foremost experts on public health research and health promotion. He is currently Director, Education and Research, at The Cancer Council WA where he has worked since 1994. He is also founding Chairman of The Cancer Council Australia Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee. Royalties from book sales will be returned to The Cancer Council WA.