Jett Grogan and Samantha Aslett know what it means to be sun smart, especially when down at the beach.
Jett Grogan and Samantha Aslett know what it means to be sun smart, especially when down at the beach. Max Fleet

Be safe while having sunny fun

BUNDABERG region residents are being urged to remember to slip, slop, slap to reduce their risk of skin cancer when they visit the beach these school holidays.

North Bundaberg resident Sharyn Andrews, who brought her two children to the beach with some friends, said they were all conscious of the harm prolonged sun exposure could do.

“We have sun shirts, sunscreen and hats – that’s the main thing,” Ms Andrews said.

Yesterday Bundaberg’s UV rating was at its worst between 10am and 2pm, hitting an extreme of 14.

Ms Andrews was aware lunchtime was possibly the worst time of day and had set up a picnic in the shade.

“We keep topping up their sunscreen as well, so we are sure it hasn’t washed off,” she said.

While Ms Andrews and her friends remained sunsmart, Cancer Council Queensland community services coordinator, Rachel Hull, was worried the message was being forgotten.

“Recent Queensland Health research shows Queenslanders are still forgetting to apply sunscreen while outdoors, which is alarming with Queensland’s extreme UV levels,” she said.

At least one in every two Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer and the disease accounts for 80% of all new cancers diagnosed nationally each year.

“Cancer Council Queensland strongly urges everyone, especially those with sun-damaged skin, to get their skin checked as soon as possible this summer,” Ms Hull said.

Ms Hull urged all Bundaberg residents to protect themselves by slipping on protecting clothing, slopping on 30+, water-resistant sunscreen, slapping on a broad brimmed hat, seeking shade and sliding on a pair of sunglasses.

Visit www.cancerqld.org.au for sun smart information.



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