Rural GPs deal with skin cancer every day and in collaboration with the National Centre for Farmer Health and Deakin University, Christel Smit led a team of researchers looking into the attitude of farmers towards skin protection from sun damage and found some alarming statistics.
Dr Smit discovered despite decades of slip,slop,slap Australian farmers were not getting the message but had high skin cancer rates.
Recently in the Riverina area a study was done where farmers were invited to join a roundtable discussion about skin protection.
Australia has the world’s highest rate of skin cancers and farmers are five to 10 times more exposed to UV radiation than indoor workers…
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