News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

New Sun Protection Alert will help protect Kiwis’ skin

New Sun Protection Alert will help protect Kiwis’ skin this summer

From next month, New Zealanders will have a new, easy-to-use tool that tells them when they need to protect their skin from the sun, with specific reference to where in the country they live.

Wayde Beckman of SunSmart says because sun protection times are based mainly on latitude, they differ up and down the country.

“The new Sun Protection Alert conveys simple information that’s specific to each area of the country for that day, and is easy for people to act on.”

Sun safety messages such as ‘seek shade’ and ‘reapply sunscreen’ will be incorporated and changed regularly to reflect changes in weather forecasts.

Mr Beckman says if it’s a cloudy day, the Sun Protection Alert will say ‘even on cloudy days’ to remind people that sunburn can still occur because ultraviolet radiation (UV) penetrates cloud cover. UV levels can be even higher on these days because of reflection from the clouds.

“Sunburn is a big concern because it is linked to melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Unfortunately, our Kiwi lifestyle and fierce sun, has given us the highest rate of melanoma in the world. Over the last four years, New Zealand melanoma death rates have been on a par with the road toll.

“It is especially important to never let your children get sunburnt. Sunburn in childhood increases the chances of melanoma later in life.”

He says skin cancer is largely preventable by taking simple measures to protect ourselves from the sun.

“During the daylight saving months, especially between 10am and 4pm, remember to ‘slip, slop, slap and wrap’ – slip on a shirt or into the shade, slop on plenty of broad-spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on a pair of wrap-around sunglasses.”

And Mr Beckman says there’s no such thing as windburn. “Wind can lower the air temperature though, making it easy to forget that UV from the sun is still strong.”

The Sun Protection Alert has been developed in association with the MetService and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) following extensive research, and replaces the UV index. The Sun Protection Alert will be available on the websites of MetService www.metservice.co.nz, NIWA, www.niwa.co.nzand SunSmart www.sunsmart.org.nz, and in most daily newspapers.

Mr Beckman says testing of the Sun Protection Alert has shown it motivates people to use sun protection while outdoors.

For advice on choosing a sunscreen that will help to protect you from the sun, visit your local community pharmacy. And visit your local Visique store to find a suitable pair of sunglasses.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Transit Of Mercury: Historic Viewing Recreated

Keen stargazers gathered at Te Whanganui o Hei, or Mercury Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula to watch a rare astronomic event this morning. More>>

ALSO:

Forest And Bird: Hoiho Crowned Bird Of The Year For 2019

Widely considered an underdog, the valiant hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin) has smashed the feathered ceiling to win Bird of the Year, a first for seabirds in the competition's 14 year history. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Very Silly Stormtroopers - Jojo Rabbit

Described as “an anti-hate satire,” Taiki Waititi's latest movie depicts the growth of a young boy in Nazi Germany who seeks advice on how to become a tough man from his 'imaginary friend' - a highly eccentric version of Adolf Hitler.
More>

Howard Davis: Tricky Dicky - Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon

At a time when talk of presidential impeachment has once again become a political reality, there is no more apposite drama than this gripping 'true story' about the most-watched TV interview in history. More>

Scoop Review Of Books: 'the everrumble' by Michelle Elvy

This is Zettie’s tale from her birth date in 1965 through to her ‘passing’ at the age of 105. Yet, Zettie’s tale is our own tale, as humans still all-too-often hell-bent on destroying our environment and therefore our fellow creatures – and thus – symbiotically and inevitably – ourselves. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland