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Excuses why Australians still get sunburnt

AAP logoAAP 30/11/2016 Sarah Wiedersehn

THE TOP FIVE EXCUSES AUSTRALIANS GAVE FOR GETTING SUNBURNT IN 2016.

1. "It was a hot sunny day, so I was outside too long" (37 per cent)

REMEDY: Don't be complacent. Seek shade, avoid outside activities during peak UV times.

2. "I didn't think I needed protection." (35 per cent)

REMEDY: Forget about the heat and focus on the UV level. When UV is at level three, sun protection is required.

3. "My sunscreen wore off or I missed an area when applying sunscreen." (25 per cent)

REMEDY: Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outside and re-apply every two hours.

4. "I didn't use or wear sun protection" (24 per cent)

REMEDY: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide. Slip on sun-protective clothing; Slop on broad spectrum sunscreen; Slap on a hat; Seek shade; Slide on sunglasses.

5. "I couldn't be bothered' and "I tried to get a suntan". (8 per cent)

REMEDY: A tan is not healthy. Just because you don't burn doesn't mean you aren't at risk of skin cancer.

(SOURCE: Cancer Council Australia survey of 784 adults)

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