Half of North Bur­nett suf­fered sun­burn last year

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

WITH bar­be­cues, wa­ter­sports and back­yard cricket be­ing some of the most pop­u­lar Aus­tralia Day ac­tiv­i­ties for North Bur­nett res­i­dents, Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land urged peo­ple to stay sun smart at the week­end af­ter ul­tra­vi­o­let rays were pre­dicted in the ex­tremes.

Ac­cord­ing to the Queens­land Govern­ment, 48.9 per cent of Wide Bay lo­cals ex­pe­ri­enced sun­burn in the last year, and 133 sun­burn cases were treated by Queens­land emer­gency de­part­ments in the first half of 2018.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land CEO Chris McMil­lan said this data was alarm­ing.

“Al­most all of these cases could have been avoided by us­ing good sun pro­tec­tion mea­sures,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“It’s ex­tremely con­cern­ing that some peo­ple are get­ting sun­burnt so badly they need emer­gency care.

“Sun­burn isn’t just painful – it’s a sign UV rays have dam­aged your skin. The sun­burn might fade but the UV dam­age re­mains and in­creases your risk of skin can­cer.”

Ms McMil­lan said our state had the high­est rate of skin can­cer in the world with around 3600 Queens­lan­ders di­ag­nosed with melanoma each year.

She had urged Queens­lan­ders to keep sun pro­tec­tion top-of-mind ahead of Aus­tralia Day.

Ms McMil­lan said where pos­si­ble, peo­ple should avoid ex­cess sun ex­po­sure, es­pe­cially dur­ing pe­ri­ods of ex­treme heat and UV, keep cool, and drink as much wa­ter as pos­si­ble.

“It’s also cru­cial that fam­i­lies ap­ply sun­screen prop­erly – ap­ply one tea­spoon per limb, for the front and back of the torso, face and neck, in­clud­ing ears, 20 min­utes be­fore go­ing out­doors, and reap­ply at least ev­ery two hours.”

PHOTO: KERRI BURNS-TAY­LOR

SLIP SLOP SLAP: Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land is urg­ing peo­ple to stay sun smart this week­end while ul­tra­vi­o­lent ra­di­a­tion lev­els are pre­dicted to be ex­treme.

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