Current UV Index
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Alice Springs
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Gold Coast
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Click the indexes to view the minimum recommended protection

When the UV index is low, sun protection is generally not needed unless outside for extended periods

UV observations courtesy of ARPANSA

Risk Factors

Am I at Risk?

There are a number of criteria that place an individual at higher risk of developing melanoma. These include:

  • Fair skin, light hair color, light eye color: these provide less protection against damaging UV rays; however, having dark skin, hair and eyes does not eliminate your risk
  • Exposure to UV radiation: Whether it’s from natural or artificial sources like tanning beds, limiting your UV exposure will help decrease your risk of getting melanoma.  Tanning beds are now banned in all states of Australia because of their proven direct link to increased melanoma risk. Short periods of intense exposure, such as sunbathing is associated with higher risk
  • Family history of melanoma: One or more immediate family members with melanoma increases your chance of a diagnosis
  • Sunburn: Just one blistering sunburn at a young age doubles your risk whilst a sunburn, just once every 2 years, can triple your risk of melanoma. Sunburn doesn't have to be raw, peeling or blistering. If your skin has gone pink or red in the sun, it's sunburnt.
  • High number of moles/atypical moles: Individuals with 50+ moles have an increased risk. If you have atypical moles and have family members with melanoma you are at especially high risk and should be followed regularly by a health care professional such as a dermatologist who has special expertise in following people with atypical moles.
  • Previous melanoma diagnosis
  • Weakened immune system
  • Previous non-melanoma skin cancer: If you have been diagnosed with basal or squamous cell carcinoma in the past, you are at increased risk