With temps climbing up to 31 this Thursday, many of us will love to get some rays, but many are also forgetting to take care in the sun, especially with our kids.
It is National Skin Cancer Action Week and according to Cancer Council Australia, parents of young children across CENTRAL VICTORIA are urged to be SunSmart with latest figures suggesting that many aren't doing enough to protect themselves.
1 in 4 Aussies between the ages of 25 and 44 are getting sunburnt on summer weekends, with less than a third (31%) seeking shade when spending time outdoors.
And parents need to protect the skin of their little ones as sun damage can cause many issues as they grow older.
Did you also know that:
- Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, including melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers
- Every year in Australia skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
- Around 2000 people die from this disease every year
- Also over 95% of skin cancer cases are caused by unprotected exposure to UV radiation from the sun
Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists wants to remind you of the five simple things you can do to protect yourself and greatly reduce your risk of skin cancer.
- Slip on sun-protective clothing
- Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outdoors and reapply every two hours afterwards
- Slap on a broad-brim hat to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
- Seek shade
- Slide on sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian standards
Sid the seagull also wants to remind you to: