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Aren't caps better than nothing?

Not really. Australian research indicates that caps allow up to 100% of ambient UV radiation to reach the ears, sides of the face and back of the neck. These are the most common locations for skin cancers in later life. * Gies, Peter; Javorniczky, John; Roy, Colin; Henderson, Stuart.

Do politicians really have thick skin?

A number of Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly will be in the hot seat today as they have their skin checked to help promote the vital importance of self-examination and early detection in the prevention of skin cancer.

5 in 6 Aussie teens not meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity

Cancer Council is calling for increased support for younger Australians to get active following new data revealing that only 1 in 6 (16%) Australian secondary school children (aged 12 – 17 years) meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity.

Isn’t there a connection between sharing hats and head lice?

Head lice have not been found to live in hats. Head lice very rarely fall from the head and require blood to survive.

Why Early Childhood Services?

Centre-based early childhood services, including pre-school, long day care, kindergarten and occasional care, all play a significant role in minimising our children’s time spent in the sun. Staff can help change behaviour by acting as SunSmart role models and incorporating games and activities around skin protection.

We are still a sunburnt country.

This week is National Skin Cancer Action Week and new data shows more than 2.7 million Aussies are still getting sunburnt on summer weekends.

Can we spend more time outside IF we have good shade?

The short answer is NO, especially during summer. Well designed shade (natural or constructed) is one of the most effective ways to reduce direct exposure to the sun’s UV radiation.

Sample UV Protection Policy for ACT Early Childhood Services

ACT early childhood services are welcome to copy and adopt this sample UV Protection Policy and use it as their own or incorporate all of the main points into their own UV protection policy and procedures.

At the Snow

Don’t be fooled by the icy weather and cold winds that come with the Alpines. Remember, it’s the sun’s UV rays – not heat – that can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage and skin cancer.

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