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Have a SunSmart holiday -  Family Advice from The Cancer Council

Sun shelterWhile enjoying your summer holiday this year, don't forget to protect the whole family from sun damage through a few easy sun protection measures.

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, due to our climate, the fact that many of us have fair skin which isn't suited to such harsh conditions, and our love of the great outdoors. Current evidence suggests that childhood sun exposure makes an important contribution to the lifetime risk of skin cancer, so it's important to pay particular attention to the kids.

The answer isn't to avoid the sun totally - just don't overdo it.

The Cancer Council Australia recommends the following sun protection tips for all the family:

* take particular care when UV radiation levels are at their highest (between 10 am and 3 pm) - plan your activities around these times where possible
* make use of natural and built shade wherever possible (consider a protective pram cover for babies)
* wear protective clothing
* wear a broad-brimmed hat (baseball caps don't provide good protection  both the face and neck)
* wear close-fitting sunglasses (don't buy toy sunglasses for children; look for glasses that meet the Australian Standard)
* use broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen (but never as the first or only line of defence).

And importantly, don't forget to be a SunSmart role model for the children around you!

For more information about skin cancer and sun protection, call The Cancer Council's Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20.

For more information about The Cancer Council's range of sun protection products, visit


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