Hello you

You are in the prime of your life, full of potential, with big dreams for your future. This, as they say, is ‘your time in the sun’. It is also a time when you’re at a high risk of overexposure to UV Radiation, which could cut your time in the sun painfully short.

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The sun

The star at the centre of our solar system is the most important source of light and life on Earth. It takes about 8 minutes for the sun’s light to reach us.

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UV Radiation

Light from the sun contains UV radiation . UV is both the major cause of skin cancer and the best natural source of Vitamin D. It’s important to remember that for most people, you will get enough Vitamin D through your day-to-day exposure to the sun.

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You and UV

Throughout your life, each time you don’t adequately protect your skin when UV levels are 3 or above, DNA damage occurs.

Incoming UV photon
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broken DNA chain after
damaged DNA

Damaged DNA

Damage to your DNA builds up over time. If it gets damaged too much that’s how melanoma begins.

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Melanoma is one of the most serious types of skin cancer. At just 1mm deep it can get into your bloodstream and spread easily to other parts of the body to form secondary cancers.There are also non-melanoma skin cancers. While these cancers are less likely to cause death than melanoma, they may result in severe disability and disfigurement.

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Melanoma can spread

Even if you have a melanoma removed, within months or years it can still spread as a secondary cancer to your bones, lungs, heart or brain.

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Protect your skin

Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on a pair of sunglasses.

The UV Index

Sun protection required


The UV Index

The UV index lets you know when you need to protect your skin from the sun’s UV radiation.

The index ranges from 1 (low) to 11+ (extreme) and is updated throughout the day with real-time UV information from the Bureau of Meteorology.

The higher the UV index, the greater the potential for damage to your skin that can lead to skin cancer.

Remember, UV can’t be seen or felt and you can still get burnt and damage your skin on days that are cool or cloudy.

For personalised daily UV alerts on your phone, download Cancer Council’s free SunSmart app.

Protect your skin when UV is 3 and above

Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide – is always needed when the UV index is 3 and above.

The Film

The Your Time in the Sun film is a powerfully emotional reminder of how precious life is, and why it’s so important to protect your skin.

Real Stories

The people in these films are people living with cancer.
They have volunteered to share their stories in the hope they can help influence you to protect your skin from overexposure to UV Radiation.

If any of this information has made you feel distressed or worried, talk to your health professional or doctor for support.

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