- 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:
|Library||Date and Time|
|Beerwah||Thursday 17 June, 10am – 12pm|
|Caloundra||Thursday 24 June, 10am – 12pm|
|Cooroy||Thursday 10 June, 10am – 12pm|
|Kawana||Thursday 24 June, 1 – 3pm|
|Maroochydore||Thursday 27 May, 1 – 3pm|
|Nambour||Thursday 3 June, 1 – 3pm|
|Noosa||Thursday 10 June, 1 – 3pm|
For more info visit the Library Website.