How to be Sun Smart in Sunshine State Queenslandbmataia
The Cancer Council Queensland has issued a warning to visitors visiting the Sunshine State to be aware of Queensland’s harsh UV levels as the melanoma rates are around 40 percent higher in Queensland compared to the national average for Australia.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan has stated, “sun protection is needed when the UV Index is 3 and above, which can be from early in the morning until late afternoon,”
To protect skin and eyes from ultraviolet (UV) damage make sure to wear a hat that protects the face, back of the neck, eyes and ears.
Avoid using temperature as a guide when deciding what sun protection to use as the UV Index can still be very high even in low temperature or cloudy days.
Sunburn is a sign of SKIN DAMAGE and this increases the risk of skin cancer, so sunburn should be avoided at all costs as once skin damage occurs from UV radiation, it is impossible to reverse.
However, it is never too late to improve your sun protection practices.
So, how to be Sun Smart in the sunshine state,
When outdoors visiting the beach or exploring surrounding areas the Cancer Council Queensland recommends all five sun protective measures are taken:
- Slip on clothing
- Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
- Slap on a hat. Click here for some examples
- Seek shade
- Slide on sunglasses.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan also urges visitors to download a free SunSmart app for live updates on UV levels to determine when sun protection is needed.
The free SunSmart app that was developed by Cancer Council Victoria’s the best way to keep track of sun protection times for your location as it can provide you with live updates on UV levels and help determine when sun protection is needed.
The app is available for smartphones and tablets and can be found by searching ‘SunSmart’ in the app store.
Sun protection times can also be found at the Bureau of Meteorology websites and live UV levels are also available from ARPANSA –