Being SunSmart this Summer

2 in 3 Australians will develop skin cancer during their lifetime and melanoma is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Tasmania. So our message to you to keep safe is Slip! Slop! Slap! Seek! Slide! whenever you go outside.

In Tasmania average UV levels are three and above from mid-September to mid-April. That’s when it’s important to SLIP on some sun-protective clothing, SLOP on SPF30+ (or greater) sunscreen, SLAP on a hat, SEEK shade, SLIDE on some sunglasses.

The best way to get vitamin D is by being active outdoors. At this time of year most people need only 10 minutes of sun exposure around mid-morning (11am) or mid afternoon (3pm) to help with their vitamin D levels. Extending your exposure will not increase vitamin D production but WILL increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

An easy and effective way to monitor the daily UV levels and protect the skin you’re in is via the SunSmart UV alert. Look out for the alert in the weather section of your daily newspaper, check online at www.cancertas.org.au or download the app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

The SunSmart app lets you know when you do and don’t need sun protection, making it easier than ever to be smart about your sun exposure all year.

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How does it work?

  • Download the app and select your location in Australia.
  • Set up a sun protection alert and receive daily reminders of the times of day sun protection is required.
  • Select to receive the alert at the time of your choice or at the exact time the UV is forecast to reach a level that can damage your skin and eyes.
  • Use the sunscreen calculator to find out how much sunscreen you need to apply, taking account of your size and clothing.

Features

Sun protection times  Lets you know when you do and don’t need sun protection for any location in Australia.

7 day weather forecast  Check the weather for the week ahead.

Alert function  Personalise the alert function to remind you of the daily sun protection times.

Vitamin D tracker  Find out if you are getting enough UV exposure for vitamin D.

Sunscreen calculator  Find out if you are using enough sunscreen.