07 November 2014
Santa will be checking his list twice to make sure kids and families remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide at this year’s Christmas Pageant – so look out for his helpers dressed in yellow offering free sunscreen and spreading the SunSmart message.
With Adelaide’s Pageant on the doorstep, Cancer Council SA is gearing up to make sure South Australians young and old are protecting themselves from the sun in five different ways.
And don’t forget to look out for Cancer Council SA Ambassadors at the Pageant dressed in yellow - otherwise known as Santa’s helpers – they will be offering free sunscreen on the day and spreading the SunSmart message to all.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Professor Brenda Wilson, says the daily temperature is not an indication of UV levels, which can be high on cloudy or cooler days.
“The Adelaide Christmas Pageant always marks a time of the year when the sun’s harmful UV rays are reaching ‘very high’ levels so we need to get the message out there that it’s time to get SunSmart, even from as early as 9.15am,” says Professor Wilson.
“Right now, the UV is reaching nine on most days, even when conditions are mild and cloudy - this means skin damage can happen quickly if you’re caught out unprotected.
“With so many children attending the Pageant, it’s important that parents and care givers demonstrate SunSmart behaviours to instil the importance of sun protection when outdoors, which includes much more than just sunscreen.
“Evidence shows that exposure to UV radiation during adolescence and childhood largely determines a person’s lifetime skin cancer risk.”
The five steps to take to protect you, your family and friends from the sun’s harmful UV rays this Pageant are:
• Slip on some sun protective clothing that covers arms and legs
• Slop on SPF 30, or higher broad spectrum sunscreen and remember to reapply every two hours
• Slap on a shady hat, that protects the head, face, ears and neck
• Seek shade whenever possible
• Slide on some wraparound sunglasses
“Checking the UV Alert for the daily sun protection times to know when UV levels reach three and above is another SunSmart behaviour we really encourage,” Professor Wilson added.
To help people check UV levels daily, Cancer Council has developed a free ‘SunSmart’ App that is available from www.cancersa.org.au/sunsmart-apps.
The SunSmart UV Alert also appears daily on the weather page of The Advertiser and some regional newspapers, television weather segments. It is also available on the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au.
For cancer information and support, please call Cancer Council 13 11 20, Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm.