Slip, slop, slap and seek shade in cloudy weather
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.
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS? Australians must always remember the slip, slop, slap message.