It’s time to outlaw sunburn on reality TV shows – enough is enough

Source: Melanoma Institute Australia, July 2017

It feels like groundhog day – another reality TV show, another batch of blatantly sunburnt contestants.

Earlier this year it was Cheryl on Married At First Sight. Last night it was Australian Survivor’s turn – and its debut didn’t disappoint in the sunburn stakes. Who else noticed the bare arms, backs, shoulders and legs exposed to the searing heat and elements? The painful glow of raw sunburn the inevitable result.

When will TV producers get with the program? Sunburn drastically increases your risk of melanoma, and melanoma kills. It’s a sad reality for too many Australian families. One Australian dies from melanoma every five hours, and it kills more 20-39 year olds than any other cancer.

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