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With the Royal Adelaide Show starting this weekend and UV levels reaching 3 and above daily, Cancer Council SA is reminding South Aussies to be SunSmart and slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.

New Cancer Council SA data shows that 76.6 per cent of South Aussies have a high-risk skin type – which means that their skin can burn after just 30 minutes in the sun.

Ahead of the Royal Adelaide Show, Cancer Council SA Spokesperson Sally Warner encouraged South Aussie families heading out this weekend to check the UV and pack a hat, sunscreen and wear sun protective clothing.

“Data shows that more than two thirds of South Aussies have high-risk skin types, which means that their skin can burn more easily,” she said.

“With many families set to head to the show and spend time outdoors enjoying show rides and activities, sun protection is so important, especially with the UV expected to reach 3 and above.”

“If you’re heading to the show or planning to enjoy outdoor activities as a family this weekend, don’t forget to 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.

Ahead of the Show this weekend, Cancer Council can speak on the following:

  • The difference between UV and heat;
  • Why you should protect your skin;
  • Tips for being SunSmart;
  • How UV can damage the skin’s DNA; and
  • How to check the UV.

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