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BAD sunburn in childhood increases
your risk of developing potentially
deadly melanoma, prompting warnings
for South Gippsland residents to ensure
sunburn is not their summer holiday
Melanoma Institute Australia CEO Carole
Renouf has issued the reminder as locals and
visitors enjoy summer in South Gippsland.
“The summer holidays in Australia are
renowned for families enjoying long playful days
in the sun, surf and sand,” Ms Renouf said.
“Whilst summer holidays are the perfect time
to reconnect with family and friends and recharge
after a busy year, they are also the prime time for
“In addition to being painful, sunburn can have
a far more harmful impact. Intense, intermittent
exposure leading to sunburn at a young age
significantly increases your risk of developing
melanoma in the future.”
One Australian dies from melanoma every
six hours. Melanoma is the most common cancer
affecting 15 to 39 year-old Australians and the
leading cause of cancer death in 20 to 39 year-
The incidence of melanoma in the over 60s is
also high, a legacy of sun-damage from decades
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is damaging to skin
cells as it causes mutations in DNA and it also
impairs the immune system’s ability to repair.
Intense, intermittent sun exposure leading
to sunburn – particularly in the years prior to
puberty – is the most dangerous. Melanoma can
develop decades after such exposure.
The real tragedy of melanoma is that it is
largely preventable. Sunscreen acts as a barrier,
reducing the amount of UV radiation that reaches
However, the active ingredients in sunscreen
break down quickly, meaning a single application
in the morning will not last the whole day. It
needs to be reapplied at least every two hours and
it needs to be SPF50+.
“People relaxing on holidays tend to get sun-
safe before they head out in the morning, but then
get caught up in the day’s activities and forget the
basics like covering up and staying out of the sun
during hottest part of the day,” Ms Renouf said.
“I urge South Gippsland holiday-makers to
not become complacent and actively take steps
to help protect against the serious risks posed
by just one bad case of sunburn, particularly to
children and adolescents.
“And when you arrive home is a perfect time
to check your skin for any changes. You need to
get to know the skin you’re in and ask family and
friends to check places you can’t easily see.
“There are far better souvenirs to bring back
from a summer holiday than a bad sunburn, which
has the potential for serious ramifications.”
Cover up: the Melanoma Institute Australia is urging Australians to protect themselves
against sunburn this summer. Photo: Cancer Council Australia.
Don’t let sun burn you
Summer holiday checklist
Summer holiday checklist
Apply and re-apply SPF 50+ sunscreen.
Wear a broad brimmed hat, sunglasses and cover up.
Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.
Get to ‘know the skin you’re in’, and ask family members or friends to check.
for skin changes in places you can’t see, as melanoma is most common in men
on the back and in women on the calves.
Opt for a keyring or fridge magnet as your summer holiday souvenir. Don’t
bring sunburn home with you.
A MUCH loved Victorian
water safety program that
teaches children vital sur-
vival skills has returned
just in time for summer.
Harriet Shing, Eastern
encouraged families to sign up
their children for the VICSWIM
Summer Kidz Program, funded
by the State Government.
The VICSWIM Summer
Kidz Program grows each and
every year. Last summer, more
than 9,500 children took part
in water safety activities at 129
venues across the state.
In Gippsland, children will
be able to make friends, enjoy
the benefits of a healthy and
active lifestyle and learn about
how to stay safe in the water at a
number of local pools, including
Foster and Korumburra.
For the complete list
of participating Gippsland
swimming pools visit www.
It’s all about providing
low cost aquatic education to
help youngsters stay safe. The
program can cost as little as $30
for five days during the January
The State Government
has provided VICSWIM with
$400,000 for this year’s summer
For more information or
to register online visit www.
Ms Shing said, “VICSWIM
is more than just an enjoyable
experience for children, its
saving lives too. Gippsland kids
love to swim, and we want all
of them to swim safely.”
“Registrations are open and
classes can fill up fast. Get in
quick to ensure your child is
safe in the water this summer.”
Learn to swim
Life’s a beach: young
friends Poppy Gerovasi-
lis of Emerald and Clem-
entine Amsden of the UK
haven’t seen each other
for five and a half years
so they were thrilled to
spend some playtime dur-
ing the start of the school
holidays on the Inver-
loch surf beach with their
SOUTH Gippsland Water is urging the
community to be cautious with water use
With warm weather occurring last week, all
water supply systems began to drop as rainfall
decreased and, in turn, demand for water across
South Gippsland Water managing director
Philippe du Plessis said, “The region’s water supply
systems currently have storage levels at or above
90 percent capacity, but as we head into summer
and coastal populations swell with holiday-makers,
storage levels will drop accordingly.
“As such, we encourage customers to use water
wisely at all times. Permanent Water Saving Rules
are in place across all Victorian systems and town-
“These are simple things, like fitting a trigger
nozzle to your hose or not hosing down decks or
driveways, that are easy to do at a household level
and add up to water savings at a regional level.”
Permanent Water Saving Rules are in place to
help all Victorians maintain a common-sense ap-
proach to water use. The rules are in force perma-
nently and are separate from any other water restric-
tions South Gippsland Water may need to impose
from time to time.
Information about Permanent Water Saving
Rules can be found in the Services section of South
Gippsland Water ’s website www.sgwater.com.au.
Be water wise this summer
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