It’s not a stretch to say that we’re all familiar with the “slip, slop, slap” message; however, new research says the risk of skin damage under the sun’s rays must be taken more seriously.

In a world-first study, researchers from the ANU and NZIWAR found that, on average, regions like the Mornington Peninsula and cities like Melbourne only experienced two days a year where there wasn’t enough UV to get sun damage. Two days! They found that even if the UV index is low and if you’re outside for more than 15 minutes… you’re at risk. Making sure you prioritise a skin check is just as important as a health check.

One person at the forefront of developments here is Dr Kristy Edwards, a GP from Mornington Peninsula Skin Check in Mt. Martha. From the moment you step into the modern serene practice you’re at ease. Kristy values an ethical approach and has achieved the highest level of skin cancer qualification as a GP (MBBS, BSc, RACGP, MMed (Skin Cancer).










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