Why should we wear a hat? They can be cumbersome, annoying to carry when not needed and you will most probably end up with HAT HAIR!
But research has shown that over 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year. But most skin cancers are preventable and easily treatable if detected early enough.
We are told to be familiar with our breasts to note any changes but the same applies to our skin. Know your skin so you can be aware of any lumps or bumps as soon as they develop.
If UV levels reach 3 or higher, we need to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide. That sounds easy but how do we know what the UV level is? It need not be a hot, sunny day but could be on a day that is overcast. Well, thanks to the following we are able to be better prepared. The UV forecast can be found:
- as a free SunSmart app
- online at
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- in the weather section of newspapers
- as a free website widget.
Most UV levels are at the highest in the middle of the day so that's when the most care needs to be taken.
Another thing to note is that skin cancers can form on parts of our body that are not normally exposed to the sun. We are also advised to check armpits, eyelids, between fingers and toes, inner leg, ears and scalp. If you notice anything different or unusual see your doctor straight away.
Cancer Council Australia advises that broad brimmed, bucket and legionnaire styled hats provide great sun protection. Hats such as the Bohemian Bucket style, Caribbean Resort Lycra and Ladies Golf Hat which are all approved by Cancer Council Australia with a UPF50+ rating.
So this summer before you go outside remember:
- sunburn causes 95% of melanomas
- A wide brimmed hat can give coverage to your neck, ears and eyes.
- A hat can actually give you shade, rather than making you hotter
- Sid Seagull - slip, slop, slap, seek, slide