EXTREME UV LEVELS
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