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SunSmart App



Protect the skin you're in with the free SunSmart App

Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes wrinkles and skin and eye damage, ultimately leading to skin cancer. Protect the skin you're in with the SunSmart app for iPhone and Androids.

The SunSmart app lets you know when you do and don't need sun protection, making it easier than ever to be smart about your sun exposure all year.
 

SunSmart App

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Features

  • Sun protection times > Lets you know when you do and don't need sun protection for any location in Australia.
  • 7 day weather forecast > Check the weather for the week ahead and use the SunSmart app to keep covered up when the UV levels are high.
  • Alert function > Personalise the alert function to remind you of the daily sun protection times.
  • Sunscreen calculator > Users can personalise with the outfit they’re wearing, as well as their weight and height. The tool uses this information to work out how much skin will still be exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays and calculates how many teaspoons of sunscreen the user will need to apply for good sun protection..

How does it work?

  • Download the app and select your location in Australia.
  • Set up a sun protection alert and receive daily reminders of the times of day sun protection is required.
  • Select to receive the alert at the time of your choice or at the exact time the UV is forecast to reach a level that can damage your skin and eyes.
  • Use the sunscreen calculator to find out how much sunscreen you need to apply, taking account of your size and clothing.

 

Skin Cancer in Australia – The Facts

  • Overexposure to UV is the main cause of skin cancer. The skin can be damaged in as little as 15 minutes on a fine January day.
  • You need to check the sun protection times – even when it’s overcast – as UV levels can be just as intense on a cool or cloudy day, as a scorching hot one.
  • Select to receive the alert at the time of your choice or at the exact time the UV is forecast to reach a level that can damage your skin and eyes.
  • Skin cancer is Australia’s most prevalent cancer, but it is also one of the most preventable.
  • More than 750,000 basal and squamous cell carcinomas are treated and 11,405 new melanomas are diagnosed in Australia each year.
  • In 2012, 1,515 people died from melanoma and 521 people died from basal and squamous cell carcinomas in Australia.

This page was last updated on: Monday, April 18, 2016

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