Winter rays not so cool for skin cancer

IT MIGHT be chilly at the beach these days but the sun's rays can still scorch unprotected skin.

New figures show that less than 3% of Sunshine Coast adults will take sufficient precaution against the sun this winter.

The report shows Coast adults aged over 55 are the least sun smart, with only 2.3% adopting all five sun safety behaviours in cooler months.

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said sun damage was just as likely during a Queensland winter as the summer season.

"Here in Queensland, the UV Index is 3 and above all year round, so sun protection is required through every season," she said.

It's a message that's already got through to Louise Dann (pictured), who visited Mooloolaba Beach with partner Matt Coutts yesterday.

"I am from England and I have been warned what the Australian sun is like," Ms Dann said.

"My skin burns really well all year."

Don't forget

 SLIP on protective clothing

 SLOP on SPF30 or above broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen

 SLAP on a broad-brimmed hat

 SEEK shade

 SLIDE on wrap-around sunglasses

Topics:  editors picks skin cancer sun protection winter

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