Are your teens protected this summer?
Most people, including teenagers, know they should protect their skin from the sun, but they often simply forget. Sun Sound is a catchy jingle from Cancer Council NSW to remind pool and beach-goers to put on a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and shirt and get some shade when the sun is shining.
This summer, Sun Sound will play at the Fanny Durack, Enfield, Canterbury and Roselands aquatic centres as well as local beaches. So make sure you and your kids pack your sun protection before heading out to the pools or beaches, and listen for the Sun Sound.
Did you know:
- Nearly a quarter of Aussie teenagers get sunburnt on an average weekend in summer
- Over a third of teenagers visited beaches or pools in NSW two summers ago without taking sunscreen – over half did not even have a hat or sunglasses with them
- 95% of melanomas and 99% of non-melanoma skin cancers can be prevented by using the five forms of sun protection – slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.
Tips for sun protection this summer:
- Slip on some sun protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible
- Slop on at least SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before you head out and make sure to take a tube with you so you can re-apply every two hours
- Slap on a sun-safe hat – a wide brimmed hat will protect your face, head, neck and ears. Baseball caps do not provide enough coverage
- Seek shade
- Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards, are close-fitting and cover as much of the eye area as possible.
Sun Sound is an international award-winning sun safety initiative developed with Sony Music, musician Ben Lee and Cancer Council NSW. For more information, visit www.cancercouncil.com.au