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Australian deputy PM, battling skin cancer, calls for caution

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on Tuesday cautioned Australians about the dangers of working in the sun as he battles skin cancer.

Written by Agencies |Published : September 6, 2016 2:11 PM IST

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on Tuesday cautioned Australians about the dangers of working in the sun as he battles skin cancer.Barnaby Joyce, who is undergoing treatment for skin cancer, said he has "paid the price...a lesson to all" for ignoring sun safety warnings, Xinhua news agency reported.The campaign 'slip, slop, slap' aimed at young Australians, encourages people to "slip" on a shirt, "slop" on some sunscreen and "slap" on a hat.Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Joyce said the harsh sun is no joke."Now I'm paying the price for working on the land and dealing with the ravages of the sun," he said."Big hats might look silly, but skin cancers look sillier," he added.

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Despite being "on the road to recovery," Joyce said it was important to understand the risks early, and for those who work outdoors, wearing a "small hat" was not good enough.Joyce, who as the Agriculture Minister spent a lot of time outdoors, now wears a wide brim hat, and urged people to do the same."They used to think it was uncool... so I just wore those small ones and of course they just didn't do the job," he said.

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Skin cacer is triggered due to various reasons.The main causes are:

  • Exposure to the ultraviolet radiation from sun.
  • Moles are the most dangerous precipitate factor.
  • Irregular diet, smoking, chronic infection and inflammation, arsenic exposure, etc. can also contribute as risk factors.
  • Inks used in tattoos, especially blue ink, may contain toxic elements like cobalt and aluminium which increase the risk of skin cancer.
  • Indoor tanning beds can significantly increases chances of skin cancer.

(Read:Is the sun tanning craze responsible for skin cancer in women?)

A biopsy is the only way to diagnose the condition. The earlier the diagnosis, the better is the chances of survival. Some of the latest methods which help screen or detect skin cancers early are ultra-precision hyper-spectral camera and mobile phone application ClipOCam-Derma.

Source: IANS

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