04 September 2013
With the Royal Adelaide Show beginning this week and more people throughout the state enjoying the return of some sunshine, Cancer Council SA is alerting people that UV levels are now remaining consistently above 3 in South Australia.
Spring marks the welcomed start of warmer weather and longer days, however with this comes rising UV levels that put people at risk of being caught unprotected in the sun.
While temperatures are set to be cooler over the weekend, after Adelaide’s warmest ever start to spring, Cancer Council SA is warning that UV levels will remain at skin damaging levels.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Professor Brenda Wilson, said that people should now be checking UV levels on a daily basis.
“We’ve had a very warm start to the month and we encourage people to keep a close eye on the UV Alert sun protection times,” Professor Wilson said.
“Despite milder weather predicted over the coming days, people should not be complacent with their skin protection as UV levels will remain above three.
“It is the sun’s UV that causes the damage to our skin, not the temperature, so people need to be aware that even if it is cloudy or cool we still need to cover up.
“Whether it be attending the Royal Adelaide Show this week, participating in or watching sporting events, or simply taking a walk during a lunch break, people need to take the appropriate precautions.
“Risking long-term damage to skin and increasing the risk of developing skin cancer is just not worth it.”
Professor Wilson also encouraged parents to be good role models for SunSmart behaviour and to be vigilant in protecting their children from overexposure to UV.
“Instilling SunSmart practices early in a child’s life will go a long way to reducing their likelihood of developing skin cancer later in life,” Professor Wilson added.
“Schools play a big part in this and we encourage them to be actioning their SunSmart policies now to protect children when they are not in the classroom.
“It’s time for us all to get back into the habit of Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.”
SunSmart’s free UV Alert iPhone App can be downloaded from Cancer Council Australia.