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Super SunSmart

Posted on 16th October, 2012 by Admin

Wow its warm today!!! We are now well and truly into the season of enjoying the lovely Australian sun and all its benefits – swimming, bbqs, the beach, getting the washing dry quickly on the line (oh yes I like that one!) & playing outside with our kids.

Hence, it seems appropriate to take a moment to remember once again the importance of making sure that our sunshiny days remain a benefit for our life, instead of becoming a nasty health risk.

Over the years we’ve received plenty of education on the importance of being smart in the sun, but it doesn’t hurt to have a little bit of reminder now and again. Research over the years has shown that  “measures including sunscreen, clothing, and sun avoidance in childhood may significantly reduce the occurrence of melanoma and other skin cancer in later life. Regular use of sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 during the first 18 years of life could reduce the lifetime incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancer by 78%.” (1.)

In fact, just this last couple of weeks I have been drawn into fond rememberance as I celebrate a hard won and certain victory: our youngest child has finally (after much repetition & training) morphed into a new creature. From that toddler who threw away his hat so often that we experimented with multiple methods of attaching it to his person; through that wonderful stage when he cried and refused every time we forcibly applied sunscreen to his face; and finally into the brilliant individual today who can even be trusted to lather himself with sunscreen at a friends house without being asked (and without Mama around to nag and enforce too!)

Yes people, it is possible!!!

If you’re a reader, or an internet cruiser, why not take a moment to check out a few sites like these below and soak up all the useful information on sensible sun behaviour. There are even some great games and activities we can do with out preschoolers to help build healthy habits into their young lives.

1. Top picture: cancercouncil.com.au

2. http://cpj.sagepub.com/content/30/12/676.abstract  Andrew P Truhan, MD, Department of Dermatology, Massacheusetts General Hospital, Boston.

3. http://www.sunsmart.com.au/play_sunsmart

3. http://www.sunsafety.qld.gov.au/documents/29602.pdf