Two sides of the sun


The sun has two sides. Enjoy the sun’s nurturing side, but don’t ever underestimate its damaging side.

At the beginning and end of the day, when UV is below 3, the sun is to be enjoyed.

When UV reaches 3 and above though, it’s doing damage to your skin that increases your risk of skin cancer. And this can have enormous physical, mental and emotional impacts.

While a lot of Australians know the danger of too much sun, many still think that it’s heat that causes sunburn and skin damage. The truth is, it’s UV that causes the damage, and unlike heat, UV can’t be felt. It doesn’t have to be a warm day for UV to reach dangerous levels either.

To protect yourself properly, make sunscreen a part of your morning routine each day, switch your cap for a hat with a good brim, wear long sleeves and sunglasses, and always stay in shade when it’s there.

Don’t get on the wrong side of the sun, and protect yourself when UV is 3 or above.

If you or someone you know has been affected by skin cancer, calling Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 information and support line connects you to our Cancer Nurses. They can provide anyone affected by cancer with confidential, accurate  information and support on any cancer-related concerns. Our Cancer Nurses can also inform you of services and programs.

Listen to the radio commercial below.


Two sides of the sun campaign material

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