Cancer Council is warning against sun safety complacency as Autumn kicks in, with the latest figures showing 54 per cent of Gold Coast adults and 54 per cent of kids get sunburnt every year.
The newest data from the Preventive Health Survey* serves as a warning for Gold Coast locals – with the risk of sun damage and sunburn high in Queensland all year round.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said Gold Coast residents needed sun protection on most days of the year – regardless of the weather or temperature. “Whenever the UV Index is three or above, Gold Coast locals need to take sun safety seriously and follow our five recommended sun protective behaviours,” Ms Clift said.
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“During Autumn, UV levels will be high from around 8:30am until 4pm – and will reach extreme levels. Skin damage and sunburn at these levels can occur in as little as 10 minutes if people are outdoors, unprotected from the sun during Autumn. UV is not linked to temperature – so even on cooler or cloudier days than what we have experienced in Summer – sun protection is still required.”
On average, 53 per cent of Queensland adults and 60 per cent of Queensland children are sunburnt every year.
“We urge Gold Coast locals to Slip on protective clothing, Slop on minimum SPF30 broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunnies to best reduce the risk of skin cancer,” Ms Clift said.
Cancer Council encouraged Gold Coast locals to download the SunSmart app, to stay up-to-date with real-time UV levels during Autumn.
On the Gold Coast each year, around 520 people are diagnosed with melanoma, and about 40 people will die from the disease.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or via 13 11 20.