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Protect your skin: Dr Heba Azer, an accredited skin cancer doctor with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia, is urging people to protect their skin. Picture: Supplied

With an overcast and rainy summer expected Wagga residents are being urged to consider their sun protection even when the sun isn't glaring.

"The level of UV remains high all year round, even on cloudy days, so it is important to get into the habit of wearing appropriate sun protection every day including long sleeves, applying sunscreen SPF 30+ (or more), sunglasses and a wide brim hat," KRS HEALTH and Skin Cancer Clinic's Dr Heba Azer said.

Dr Azer completed a master degree in the field of skin cancer in 2020 to ensure her patients receive the best, evidence-based advice and management.

However, it's not just during outdoor activity that you need to be mindful of sun protection, day-to-day activity can be just as damaging.

"It is important to note that the daily, incidental sun exposure you get while driving your car, hanging the washing out, or leaving your office for coffee or lunch outside, is enough to damage your skin and cause skin cancer," Dr Azer said.

As well as protecting skin each day it's also vital to get a skin check annually or if you notice something has changed on your skin.

"The most significant warning sign of skin cancer is a new spot on the skin or a spot that is changing in size, shape or colour or a standout spot that is different from all the others on your skin," Dr Azer said.

"The good news though, with all skin cancer types, the earlier they are detected and treated the better the outcomes tend to be.

"With prevention and early detection, we will be able to slow down skin cancer, and more importantly reduce the death rate from it."

"Skin cancer is not just a disease of the old people, I see many young ones at my practice with skin cancers such as melanoma.

"There is compelling evidence in regard to the impact of sun exposure during early childhood and adolescence on the individual's lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.

"Additionally, If you have an immediate family member who has a melanoma, you have a 50 per cent higher chance of getting a melanoma.

"So a skin check can save your life."