1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/09/2002   
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During summer, an estimated 304,800 (86.5% of persons aged 15 and over) used hats as a sun protection measure, while 299,800 (85.1%) used sunglasses, and 272,800 (77.4%) used sunscreen. An estimated 59,700 persons sometimes used an umbrella during summer while an estimated 83,800 (23.8%) persons never deliberately avoided direct sunlight in summer.

Some 52,500 Tasmanians aged 15 years or over have skin that they consider ‘always burns and never tans’ (one indication of the number of people at risk from skin cancer).

In 1995, the 33.0% of Tasmanians aged 15 years or more spending 30 hours or more a week exposed to the summer sun included:

  • 47.3% of males
  • 19.1% of females.

The 14.7% of Tasmanians aged 15 and over who sunbaked included:
  • 12.9% of all males
  • 16.5% of all females.

Some 56.8% of those who sunbaked were female and 61.3% were aged 15-34 years.

An estimated 29,700 persons had a history of skin cancer, with those in older age groups (55 and over) accounting for 65.3% of all persons with a history of skin cancer.

(Source: Health Issues, Tasmania, cat. no. 4396.6)

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