Friday, 25 September 2015
With hundreds of thousands of West Australians expected to enjoy the Perth Royal Show over the next week, Cancer Council Western Australia is urging show goers to remember to cover up and be SunSmart.
The Royal Show opens its gates tomorrow (Saturday) and while temperatures are expected to be mild, Cancer Council WA SunSmart Manager Mark Strickland says people shouldn’t be complacent about sunburn.
“Think UV - not heat. While the temperature is forecast to be in the mid-20s, the UV will peak around 8 which is high enough to burn unprotected skin fast,” Mr Strickland said.
He says covering up is by far the most important consideration for people who are out and about when the UV index is three or higher.
“It’s not the heat which cause skin damage and increases skin cancer risk; rather it’s over-exposure to UV radiation,” Mr Strickland said.
He says when people are getting ready for a day out at the Royal Show, they should remember the five S’s - Slip on long clothing, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on some sunglasses.
The Bureau of Meteorology says this time of the year sees the UV index rising higher and higher each day, so getting regular updates on UV levels is important.
Cancer Council WA’s SunSmart Manager Mark Strickland says people can go to www.myuv.com.au which explains what to be aware of and forecasts the UV index for the day.
“You can also download the UV app and check it while you’re wandering around enjoying the Royal Show,” Mr Strickland said.