CAN­CER COUN­CIL CHAT

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS | OPINION -

CAN­CER Coun­cil Queens­land is urg­ing fam­i­lies to head into hol­i­days the SunS­mart way.

On av­er­age around 56% of adults and 64% of chil­dren are sun­burnt on an an­nual ba­sis, in­creas­ing the risk of skin can­cer later in life.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land CEO Chris McMil­lan chal­lenged fam­i­lies to pro­tect their skin by stock­ing up on sun pro­tec­tive prod­ucts be­fore switch­ing into hol­i­day mode.

“We know that the school break is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to head out­doors to the park or the beach, but it’s im­per­a­tive that fam­i­lies pro­tect them­selves in the process,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“Queens­land has the high­est rates of skin can­cer in the world - an es­ti­mated 324,000 non-melanoma skin can­cers are re­moved in Queens­land each year, many of which can be at­trib­uted to sun ex­po­sure in child­hood and ac­cu­mu­la­tive sun dam­age.

“Skin can­cer re­mains one of the most pre­ventable types of can­cer, mak­ing it cru­cial to make sun safety a pri­or­ity so the whole fam­ily can en­joy a healthy happy hol­i­day.

“Can­cer Coun­cil has launched a brand new range of re­tail prod­ucts just in time for the school hol­i­days, so you can head out­doors with con­fi­dence.

Prod­ucts in­clude beach um­brel­las, hats, sun­screen, kids sun­glasses and rashie vests.

To pur­chase new SunS­mart re­tail prod­ucts, head on­line to www. can­cer­coun­cil­shop.org.au, or visit one of Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land’s re­tail stores. Lo­ca­tions at can­cerqld.org.au/re­tail.

For more about Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land visit can­cerqld.org.au or phone 13 11 20.

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