09 November 2012
Santa will be checking his list twice to make sure kids and families remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide at this year’s Pageant – so look out for his helpers dressed in yellow offering free sunscreen and spreading the SunSmart message.
With Adelaide’s Christmas Pageant on the doorstep, Cancer Council is gearing up to make sure South Australians young and old are protecting themselves from the sun in five different ways.
And don’t forget to look out for Cancer Council SA Ambassadors dressed in yellow - otherwise known as Santa’s helpers – they will be offering free sunscreen on the day and spreading the SunSmart message to all.
“The Adelaide Christmas Pageant always marks a time of the year when the sun’s harmful UV rays are reaching ‘very high’ levels so we need to get the message out there that it’s time to get SunSmart, even from as early as 9.20 am,” says Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive Cancer Council SA.
“Right now, the UV is reaching nine on most days, even when conditions are mild and cloudy - this means skin damage can happen quickly if you’re caught out unprotected.
“With so many children and teenagers attending the Pageant, it’s important that parents and care givers demonstrate SunSmart behaviours themselves to instil the importance of sun protection when outdoors which includes much more than just sunscreen.
“Adolescence and childhood are critical life stages when exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer in later life.”
The five steps to take to protect you, your family and friends from the sun’s harmful UV rays this Pageant are:
- Slip on some sun protective clothing that covers arms and legs
- Slop on SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen and remember to reapply every two hours
- Slap on a shady hat, that protects the face, ears and neck
- Seek shade whenever possible
- Slide on some sunglasses
“Checking the UV Alert to know the times of the day when UV levels reach three and above is another SunSmart behaviour we really encourage,” says Professor Wilson.
To help people check UV levels daily, Cancer Council has developed a free ‘SunSmart’ App that is available from iTunes or at www.sunsmart.com.au for Android and other smartphones.
The SunSmart UV Alert also appears daily on the weather page of The Advertiser and some regional newspapers, television weather segments. It is also available on the Bureau of Meteorology website at http://www.bom.gov.au