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With the VALO Adelaide 500 kicking off today and UV levels expected to reach extreme levels over the weekend, Cancer Council SA is reminding South Aussies to be SunSmart and slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.

Today marks the first day of summer and the UV is expected to reach maximum, extreme levels across the VALO Adelaide 500 event weekend.

Cancer Council SA is proud to be the official sunscreen partner of this year’s VALO Adelaide 500 and will be in the Family Zone talking to people about ways to be SunSmart across the event.

Ahead of the VALO Adelaide 500, Cancer Council SA Prevention and Advocacy Manager Christine Morris encourages South Aussies heading to the event to check the UV and pack a hat, sunscreen and wear sun protective clothing.

“We know that Australia is one of the skin cancer capitals of the world. In 2019, 879 South Australians were diagnosed with melanoma, with men disproportionately represented compared to women,” she said.

“With many South Aussies set to head to the event and spend time outdoors across the four days, especially with the UV 3 and above, sun protection is very important.”

“If you’re heading to the Adelaide 500, come down and see us at the Family Zone and talk to us about how you can slip on sun protective clothing, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, slide on wraparound sunglasses and seek shade wherever possible.”

“These five sun protection measures combined are best way to protect your skin and limit your risk of skin cancer,” she said.

For more information and to check the daily UV levels, visit or download the SunSmart App.

If you’re interested in following up, interviews can be arranged on request by contacting Ashleigh Chapman on 08 8291 4109 or emailing