Easy access to the great outdoors is part of the appeal of the Borough of Queenscliffe. However, overexposure to the sun's harmful rays can result in cancer. It is important that we are aware of the risk and understand what we need to do to reduce the likelihood of illness.
All skin types can be damaged by exposure to UV radiation. People with skin types that are less likely to burn can still receive enough UV exposure to risk developing skin cancer.
Protect yourself from skin cancer
Protect yourself from skin cancer in five ways:
- Seek shade
- Wear sun-protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible
- Put on a broad-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses
- Apply SPF50+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen liberally to clean, dry skin at least 20 minutes before being exposed to the sun, and reapply at least every two hours when outdoors.
Sunscreen is not adequate protection on its own and should not be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
Avoid going outdoors unprotected between 10am and 2pm (or 11am and 3pm during daylight savings) when the UV radiation level is at its highest.
Sunbeds and solariums also emit UVR, so be aware of the risks associated with tanning.
Sun Smart UV Alert
The sun's harmful rays are measured by the amount of ultraviolet light that is produced.
The Sun Smart UV Alert is a tool that can tell you when to protect yourself from UV radiation and when you don't need sun protection. It is based on the UV Index – a numbered scale relating to the expected risk of overexposure to the sun over the course of a day.