17 February 2020
Did you know, damage from UV radiation adds up over time during our daily activities, often without us noticing?
Understanding UV radiation and how it can damage your skin's DNA is an important step to safeguard yourself and your family against skin cancer.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a type of energy naturally produced by the sun. It’s the kind of energy that can not be seen or felt yet can penetrate deep into human skin and damage connective tissue and the skin’s DNA, leading to skin cancer.
Any change in your skin—from a tan to sunburn—is a sign of skin cells in trauma. This damage is irreversible and adds up over time, leading to skin cancer.
UV and temperature aren’t related and the UV can be at skin damaging levels even on cool our cloudy days—which is why it’s so important to check the UV before you head outside and if it’s 3 and above, protect your skin in five ways:
- Slip on some sun protective clothing;
- Slop on SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum sunscreen, remembering sunscreen needs to be applied 20 minutes before going outside;
- Slap on a hat with a broad brim or a flap at the back to shade both the face, back of the neck or a hardhat with a flap/brim added if you’re working outside;
- Seek shade whenever possible; and
- Slide on some wraparound sunglasses that will reduce UVR entering the side of the face.
Every time that you and your family are outdoors—whether you are enjoying water sports, walking your dog, or enjoying an outside BBQ it’s always important to check the UV, because being SunSmart is everyone’s business.
Interested in finding out more? Check out our latest video here:
And remember to download Cancer Council’s free SunSmart app to get the daily UV index at https://cancersa.org.au/sunsmart-apps.
Don’t let the sun see your DNA this summer and visit sunsmart.org.au.