Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Beachgoers Fail to Heed Sunburn Warnings

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast Beachgoers Fail to Heed Sunburn Warnings

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NEW data shows a worrying trend for Sunshine Coast beachgoers.

Nearly 53% of adults in Sunshine Coast get sunburnt at least once a year, increasing their risk of potentially deadly skin cancer. The latest Preventive Health Survey shows 52.8% of locals aged over 18 were sunburned in 2013-14, just below a state average of about 54%. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said sunburn was a sign of skin damage, which increased the risk of skin cancer.

"We're concerned that the majority of adults in the Sunshine Coast aren't taking sun safety seriously, putting their health at risk," Ms Clift said.

"Staying SunSmart is crucial for personal health, and it's vital for adults to be good role models for friends, family and children.

"We urge locals to slip on protective clothing, slop on minimum SPF30 broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on wrap-around sunnies when the UV Index is three or above to best reduce the risk of skin cancer. …

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