In a study conducted by the University of Sydney, it was revealed that Australians between 18 and 40 years old who used sunscreen regularly during their childhood had a reduced risk of developing melanoma by 40 per cent as compared with non-users.
The study shows that childhood and adulthood use of sun protection is crucial in the fight against melanoma and other skin diseases.
As construction workers we are likely to spend much of our day outdoors, in the harsh sun. It’s important that we always use sunscreen, even in Winter.
Sadly the macho culture of the industry has led to many people shunning the use of sunscreen. The study found in general females were more likely to use sunscreen or people who suffered sunburn. Even if we don’t immediately notice the effects of the sun, like sunburn, it’s important that we are protecting ourselves in the short and long term by using sunscreen daily and re-applying regularly.