Half of North Burnett suffered sunburn last year
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.”
SLIP SLOP SLAP: Cancer Council Queensland is urging people to stay sun smart this weekend while ultraviolent radiation levels are predicted to be extreme.