Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

QUEENS­LAND will con­front ex­treme UV lev­els this week as we swelter through an­other se­ri­ous heat­wave.

With tem­per­a­tures reach­ing up to 45 de­grees in some parts of the state, UV lev­els will soar to 16 and 17 in some re­gions.

It’s vi­tal that all res­i­dents and tourists un­der­stand the risks of un­safe ex­po­sure to UV ra­di­a­tion.

UV ra­di­a­tion causes sun­burn, pre­ma­ture aging, eye dam­age and skin dam­age lead­ing to skin can­cer.

It can cause un­re­pairable DNA dam­age and, with ex­treme ex­po­sure, cell death and the de­vel­op­ment of skin can­cers.

Ac­cord­ing to theWorld Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion's Global So­lar UV In­dex, mea­sures of UV ra­di­a­tion above 11 are con­sid­ered ex­treme, with Queens­land rou­tinely ris­ing above 11 dur­ing sum­mer months.

All Queens­lan­ders, and tourists, are urged to fol­low our five rec­om­mended sun pro­tec­tive be­hav­iours dur­ing the heat­wave – slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.

Slip on pro­tec­tive cloth­ing, slop on min­i­mum SPF30 broad-spec­trum, water-re­sis­tant sun­screen, slap on a broad brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on wrap­around sun­glasses.

Skin dam­age can oc­cur in as lit­tle as 10 to 15 min­utes dur­ing peak UV pe­ri­ods.

Where pos­si­ble, peo­ple should avoid sun ex­po­sure from about 7.30am most days this week.

Queens­lan­ders should also be aware that sun ex­po­sure that doesn’t re­sult in burn­ing may still dam­age skin cells.

More in­for­ma­tion about Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land is avail­able on­line at can­cerqld.org.au or by phon­ing 13 11 20. — Katie Clift, ex­ec­u­tive man­ager me­dia, Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land

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