Improved SunSmart app is a reminder to think UV not heat

Posted 1 May 2019.

SunSmart has released a new version of their popular mobile app, in time to dispel the myth that sun protection is limited to summer.

Developed by Cancer Council Victoria, the app provides users with an easy way to find out when the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels will be 3 or higher - the levels at which sun protection is recommended.

Despite the cooler weather in May, UV levels in Perth remain strong enough to damage the skin across most of the day.

Cancer Council WA Acting SunSmart Manager, Caitlin Kameron, said the app could help Australians keep UV on the agenda and help to clear up the misconception that it's high temperatures that cause sunburn and skin damage.

"When it comes to skin cancer prevention and sun protection, it's UV - not heat - you need to think of," Caitlin said.

"Unlike the sun's heat and light, you can't see or feel UV radiation, so it's easy to be caught out by a sunburn on a day that's grey and cloudy.

What's in the update?

The SunSmart app now includes:

  • a four-day UV forecast
  • options to receive sun protection alerts on any day and time
  • a news feature to help users stay up-to-date with information about skin cancer prevention

The app also retains its popular sunscreen calculator feature that includes alerts to remind you to top up your sunscreen every two hours.

The SunSmart app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play for both smartphones and tablets.


About the SunSmart App

The SunSmart app was developed by Cancer Council Victoria with support from the leading authorities in UV monitoring - the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), which provides live UV data for 12 cities and the Bureau of Meteorology, which provides forecasts for sun protection times and the UV Index for all locations.

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