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How Common Is Melanoma?

The American Cancer Society estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2018 are:

  • About 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 55,150 in men and 36,120 in women).
  • About 9,320 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 5,990 men and 3,330 women).

The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years.

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Key Facts on Melanoma | Sunburn Alert

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, accounting for over 5 million cases each year. Fortunately, this type of skin cancer is very preventable.  


READ: Spotting Suspicious Moles

The American Cancer Society has estimated the number of melanoma cases in the United States for 2018: 

  • About 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 55,150 in men and 36,120 in women).
  • About 9,320 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 5,990 men and 3,330 women).

Want to know exactly HOW to stay sun protected this summer? Here are our top four tips:

  1. Wear sunscreen: This is an obvious one. Apply after cleansing and before makeup about 15 minutes before going outside. 
  2. Reapply: This is forgotten by most people. Apply your sunscreen every two hours. 
  3. Wear protective attire: This includes hats, UV protected clothing and sunglasses. 
  4. Stay out of the sun: Make sure to seek shade when possible! 

Source: The American Cancer Society

PRESS: Featured on ABC News Brisbane

Wearable UV-sensitive stickers take guesswork out of knowing when to reapply sunscreen

By Jessica Hinchliffe at ABC News Brisbane

Could a sticker on your hand be the key to reducing sunburn each summer in Australia? The new wearable UV indicator is undergoing testing at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane.

It is UV sensitive and changes colour when the time comes to reapply sun protection, taking the guesswork out of how often you should apply sunscreen.

Dr Elke Hacker from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation said the pilot study would test the usability of the patches.

"Usually we put on a lot less sunscreen than we should which provides inadequate protection," she told 612 ABC Brisbane's Spencer Howson.

Dr Hacker said the sticker must be covered in a thin film of the sunscreen."The sticker has dyes in it that are sensitive to UV light and they change colour when the sticker deteriorates in the sun," she said.

"That tells the person that the thin film of sunscreen is no longer blocking UV and that it's time to reapply."

Making a difference to future skin cancer rates

Dr Hacker said the stickers could play a role in preventing skin cancer.

"Two in three Australians will have a skin cancer cut out before they turn 70.

"We have a huge battle with skin cancer on our hands and every sunburn increases your rate of skin cancer. "Applying sunscreen at a better rate and a better concentration ... really does make a big difference now to our future skin cancer rates."

There are currently several companies around the world trying to create similar stickers. The QUT team is working with a young engineering group in Canada to try and come up with the perfect patch.

"The patches work in and out of the water, but for us here in Australia we want to make sure they work in saltwater," Dr Hacker said.

Commercial possibilities

The team will also be studying the behaviour changes of people wearing the stickers to see if they improve their sun protection behaviour.

"It's a novel approach. You don't need to get your phone out, you just need to look down and see the colour change," Dr Hacker said.

She said she believed many sunscreen brands would be interested in the stickers once they satisfied safety standards.

"We envisage in the future that when you buy your sunscreen bottle it will have several of the patches on the label that you can peel off and use," Dr Hacker said.

"This device seeks to give real-time information that can help change unhealthy sun exposure habits." The team is encouraging people under 30 to try the stickers for a week between now and December.

Read the entire article here

Sun Tip: Reapply Your Sunscreen

Reapplication of sunscreen is just as important as putting it on in the first place, so reapply every two hours. Our Body Stickers + Wristbands remind you when to reapply and seek shade! Yes, we do ALL the work for you. So, sit back and enjoy the beach...sun safe style!

5 More Ways To Protect Your Skin This Spring/Summer

As the warm months arrive, the risk of getting a sunburn increases. In order to avoid a sunburn (which is extremely painful and can lead to skin cancer) it's important to protect your skin. Here's how:

1. Seek shade.

Remember: The sun is the strongest between 10AM-4PM.

2. Wear sunscreen.

This is a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised to find out not everyone wears SPF on their skin.

3. Reapply.

Reapply sunscreen approximately every two hours. Do you apply and always forget when it's time to reapply? Then, you'll want to read this.

4. Don't forget the lips.

A recent study found that 63% of sunscreen users don't protect their lips.

5. Cover up.

Stock up on UPF clothing, a great wide-brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses.

..How do you stay sun protected? Share below!

Just Peel and Stick! Quick Facts About Our UV Stickers:

Our patented color changing technology detects harmful UVA & UVB rays. The stickers work wet or dry and are ideal for children and adults. Can be used with any sunscreen, whether it is a cream, spray or lotion.

Here are some quick facts about our UV Stickers (and wristbands):

  • Color change is sun activated

  • Sunscreen is applied to skin and the stickers or bands

  • Bands and Stickers are disposable - One day use

  • Waterproof - Great for both the pool and the beach

  • Work with any sunscreen

  • Wristbands are adjustable to fit any size wrist- both kids and adults

  • Please recycle after one day of use

5 ‪Skin Tips‬ for Taking Care of Your Skin in 2016

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.

Follow these five skin tips to stay sun safe year round:

1. Wear a hydrating sunscreen every day.

2. Avoid UV tanning beds.

3. Examine your skin from head-to-toe.

4. Schedule an annual skin exam.

5. Don’t forget to reapply.