New Cancer Council research released today shows Aussies are forgetting to slip on a shirt to protect themselves from the sun and an alarming number of adults are getting sunburnt on summer weekends. 

The latest Cancer Council National Sun Protection Survey shows the overall proportion of adults slipping on clothing to protect themselves from the sun has decreased from 19 per cent to 17 per cent in the last three years. 

Meanwhile, the proportion of NSW adults who get sunburnt on summer weekends hasn’t improved and now sits at 17 per cent, equivalent to more than 881,000 adults. 

Brianna Carracher, Cancer Council NSW Western Region has expressed concern for the deterioration of sun protection behaviour among adults in the state, reinforcing the need for continued investment in skin cancer campaigns to ensure adults remain vigilant about reducing their UV exposure.

Ms Carracher also welcomed some of the positive news in the research.

“There has been a noticeable increase in the use of sunscreen among adults,” she said.

“Whilst this is wonderful news, there is still a lot of work to do in terms of educating our local community on the importance of adopting a combination of sun protection measures.

“We suspect Aussies are slopping on sunscreen while at the same time reducing their use of covering clothing and expecting to be protected all day long. Sunscreen is a great tool to help protect your skin, but it isn’t a suit of armour.

“The motto remains the same – slip, slop, slap, seek shade and slide on sunglasses. Wearing covering clothing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your skin.

“Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime and it’s never too late to protect their skin from further damage.

“We want to see more adults setting a good example and joining their children in being SunSmart,” she concluded.