25 January 2019
With the UV Index set to reach extreme levels over the Australia Day long weekend, Cancer Council SA is urging all South Australians to be SunSmart and slip, slop, slap, seek and slide before they head outside.
Research shows that more than 720 South Australians are diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer every year, with around 95% of all melanomas caused by overexposure to UV radiation.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size says that even though the weather has cooled down, the UV Index is still expected to remain at extreme levels of 12 and above throughout the weekend.
“Weather conditions are not related to sunburn risk and the cool change doesn’t bring about reduced UV levels.”
“We know that outdoor activities are an important part of the Australia Day long weekend and are urging South Australians to check the UV Index before they head outside and, when it’s 3 and above, make sure they protect their skin.”
Exposure to UV radiation levels of 3 and above causes cumulative and irreversible damage to our skin, which can have long lasting impacts and increases the risk of developing skin cancer.
Cancer Council research shows that even though almost 90 per cent of Australian adults don’t attempt a suntan over summer, over 60 per cent still report having suntanned skin.
“Every occasion of exposure to UV radiation when levels are 3 and above, including incidental exposure from every day activities, such as hanging up the washing or going out for a coffee, damages your skin.”
“Whether you’re planning to go to the beach, enjoy a picnic with family and friends or heading out to one of the many events across the state, it’s important that you slip, slop, slap, seek and slide to prevent future skin damage.”
Throughout summer, Cancer Council SA is running the campaign “UV it all adds up”, which aims to raise awareness about the cumulative impact of UV exposure.
To find out more about UV radiation levels download the seeUV App from the Cancer Council SA website at cancersa.org.au. For more information about how to be SunSmart visit cancersa.org.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.