CANCER COUNCIL CHAT
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.