Slip, slop, slap and seek shade in cloudy weather

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS | YOUR SAY - Ms Chris McMil­lan CEO, Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land

IS YOUR head in the clouds? I am urg­ing Queens­lan­ders to re­main sun safe this sum­mer by pro­tect­ing their skin – rain, hail or shine. Skin can still be dam­aged by harm­ful ul­tra­vi­o­let (UV) ra­di­a­tion even when it’s cold, windy or rainy out­side - the only way to de­ter­mine risk of skin dam­age is by re­fer­ring to the UV In­dex. Sun pro­tec­tion is re­quired when­ever the UV In­dex level is three or above – in Queens­land, that is all year round. Queens­lan­ders need to be vig­i­lant when head­ing out­doors by tak­ing the time to Slip on protective cloth­ing, Slop on SPF 30 or above broad­spec­trum, wa­ter-re­sis­tant sun­screen, Slap on a broad­brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sun­nies when­ever the UV level is three or above. Melanoma was the most com­mon form of can­cer in 2016 with 3960 Queens­lan­ders di­ag­nosed. Queens­land has the high­est rates of skin can­cer in the world and sunburn and skin dam­age can oc­cur in as lit­tle as 15 min­utes, with skin dam­age adding up through­out the day. Once skin dam­age oc­curs from UV ra­di­a­tion, it is im­pos­si­ble to re­verse, but it is never too late to make im­prove­ments to your sun pro­tec­tion be­hav­iours. Over-ex­po­sure to UV ra­di­a­tion not only causes sunburn, but also pre­ma­ture age­ing, dam­age to the eyes, and can lead to skin can­cer later in life. To ac­cess a free daily UV alert down­load the SunS­mart App from app stores or on­line via www.can­cer.org.au/ SunS­martApp, or to find out more about more about sun pro­tec­tion, please visit, https://can­cerqld.org.au/ can­cer-pre­ven­tion.

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HEAD IN THE CLOUDS? Aus­tralians must al­ways re­mem­ber the slip, slop, slap mes­sage.

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