Skin cancer danger as WA sunburn hospitalisation at six-year high, prompting calls for compulsory shade

Source: Abc News, February 2021

The number of children getting so badly sunburned they need to go to hospital has reached a six-year high in Western Australia, with the number of cases doubling since 2014.

Cancer Council WA said it added weight to the argument for shade to be made mandatory in new developments to help prevent future skin cancers.

Figures from the state’s emergency departments reveal 321 people presented with sunburn last year compared to 185 six years earlier.

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