Extreme Sunburn Lands Victorians in Hospital at Increasing Rates

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, January 2018

A growing number of Victorians are getting so sunburnt they have been forced to seek emergency hospital treatment for their scorched skin – and it is suspected over reliance on sunscreen could be part of the problem.

In the past decade more than 2500 people attended public hospital emergency departments with bad burns caused by the sun, including a record 355 cases last year.

More than three-quarters of the presentations involved children and those in their 20s, of particular concern because melanoma is already the leading cause of cancers in older teenagers and young adults.

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