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Startling new research has found that Australians are more at risk of skin cancer than previously thought.
In the world-first findings, researchers found that Australians should be making sun screen a day-to-day necessity and not just an application needed solely for trips to the beach.
Research - UV - Output - Aussies - Damage
The research found the terrifyingly high UV output Aussies are exposing themselves to everyday and just how fast it takes to cause some serious damage to not only your skin, but your DNA.
The research, conducted by the Australian National University and New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmosphere Research, aimed to diminish the health agencies somewhat old-fashioned recommendations for sun protection- and that it did.
Skin - UV - Index
Right now we're told to protect our skin when the UV index reaches three or higher.
The index is calculated by international health agencies who measure the maximum intensity of the sun's radiation- which are usually at it's highest from 10am to 3pm.
Results - UV - Output - Day - Researchers
But the results, which measured the average total UV output throughout the full day and even surprised the researchers.
Speaking to The Canberra Times, Robyn Lucas from ANU said that she was startled by the results, saying even though they'd gone to the World Health Organisation before on the issue, she's never had the numbers in front of her.
UV - Measurements - Climates - New - Zealand
The UV measurements were conducted in the two dramatically different climates of New Zealand's South Island and Melbourne.
And the further north they went, the numbers got scarier.
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