Sunshine Coast libraries shed light on sun damage
  • Friday 21 May 2010

With Queensland boasting the world’s highest skin cancer rate, residents are encouraged to take advantage of free sun damage scans available at libraries across the Sunshine Coast.

This grassroots campaign, a partnership between Sunshine Coast Council libraries and Queensland University of Technology’s AusSun Research Laboratory, is designed to combat skin cancer in a preventative way by using a unique QUT AusSun-developed technology to reveal sun damage that the naked eye can’t see.

Photographs are taken of a person’s face with a camera that combines both normal digital imagery and UV technology, showing a contrast between the visible and invisible effects of sun exposure.

Councillor Jenny McKay has experienced the effects of cancer first hand, and encourages the community to embrace this cutting-edge resource.

“As a skin cancer sufferer myself, I now have increased awareness of the damaging effects of the sun,” she said.

“It is important to reduce the incidence of skin cancer, a deadly, yet preventable disease and turn the tide on Queensland being the ‘skin cancer capital of the world’.”

A personal UV assessment, including the scan, takes only three minutes. Each person photographed is able to keep their photos to take to a health care professional for advice.

The free sun damage scans will be running at the following libraries:

LibraryDate and Time
BeerwahThursday 17 June, 10am – 12pm
CaloundraThursday 24 June, 10am – 12pm
CooroyThursday 10 June, 10am – 12pm
KawanaThursday 24 June, 1 – 3pm
MaroochydoreThursday 27 May, 1 – 3pm
NambourThursday 3 June, 1 – 3pm
NoosaThursday 10 June, 1 – 3pm

For more info visit the Library Website.