How to be SunSmart
Skin cancer is largely preventable if you are SunSmart when Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) levels are high. Avoid getting sunburned and remember that skin can burn in as little as 15 minutes in the midday New Zealand summer sun.
When to be Sunsmart
Between September and April, especially between the hours of 10am-4pm when UV radiation levels are very high.
Note: People with a history of skin cancer, sun damage or who are taking medicines that affect photosensitivity should use sun protection all year round.
Sun protection should also be used throughout the year when at high altitudes or near highly reflective surfaces, such as snow or water.
SLIP – Slip on some sun protective clothing, i.e. shirt with a collar and long sleeves and trousers or long-legged shorts
SLOP – Slop on SPF30+ sunscreen 15 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. (Note: sunscreen should never be your only or main method of sun protection)
SLAP – Slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
SEEK – Seek shade whenever possible.
WRAP – Wrap on some sunglasses: make sure they meet the Australian/New Zealand Standard.
AVOID SOLARIA (Sunbeds) – Using solaria (sunbeds) significantly increases your risk of melanoma.
Adapted from Cancer Society of New Zealand.
Last Updated: Tuesday 28 August, 2012.