The slip, slop, and slap campaign
started in Australia
where the national consciousness about skin cancer
and sun exposure has been a “big deal”.
Parents may feel they are doing enough by using sunscreen
but this campaign calls for a bit more. Whenever you or your child will be exposed to sun shine you should...
slip on a shirt
on all exposed skin.
slap on a hat
(preferably with a front brim and neck flaps and/or an all around brim)
Although skin cancer
most often occurs in older people, children need protection. The effects of sunburn
are cumulative and may not appear for years and years. We all need some exposure to sun for Vitamin D
production but the amount of exposure needed for this is small. Three or four times a week with the equivalent of head and hands exposed for 30 minutes is enough.
Slip, slop and slap!!