Katie Clift from the Cancer council Queensland Photo Contributed
Katie Clift from the Cancer council Queensland Photo Contributed Contributed

Cancer Council refutes Evan's 'poisonous' sunscreen claims

WITH 15 Central Queenslander's dying from melanoma every year, Cancer Council Queensland's Katie Clift is urging the community to listen to the facts after Pete Evans caused a stir nation-wide this week.

The My Kitchen Rules judge has been under fire after suggesting sunscreen was "poisonous".

His comments follow a damning criticism from the Dieticians Association of Australia last year, when he suggested a harmful bone-broth meal for newborns.

"The silly thing is, people put on normal chemical sunscreen then lay out in the sun for hours on end and think that they are safe because they have covered themselves in poisonous chemicals which is a recipe for disaster," Mr Evans said.

In response to a fan question and answer, Mr Evans said he generally wears no sun protection outside, as he just "keeps a tan all year long" and doesn't "stay out for super long periods".

But Ms Clift wanted to remind the community, skin damage can occur in as little as ten minutes.

"There is no evidence to suggest that chemicals in sunscreen are dangerous or cause skin cancer - ingredients are regulated and approved by the TGA and research has demonstrated the effectiveness of sunscreen in helping to prevent melanoma," she said.

"Just because you don't burn doesn't mean you aren't at risk of skin cancer - a tan is a sign of skin damage.

"Skin damage can occur in as little as 10-15 minutes if you're outdoors without protection."

Around 130 Central Queenslanders are diagnosed with melanoma each year, and about 15 die from the disease.
Queensland has a melanoma incidence rate of 71 cases per 100,000 people, vastly exceeding rates in all other jurisdictions nationally and internationally.

Ms Clift said Queenslanders should Slip on protective clothing, Slop on minimum SPF30 broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunnies when outdoors to best reduce their risk of skin cancer.