Sunsmart at school

EXCITEMENT levels won't be the only thing rising next week as thousands of Queensland youngsters head back to school, says the Cancer Council.

Ultraviolet (UV) levels in Queensland next week are expected to be dangerously high from early morning until late afternoon, reaching extreme levels during the peak UV period of 10am - 3pm, during school hours.

Cancer Council Queensland is urging all parents to ensure their children are armed with the necessary SunSmart supplies and survival tips to help reduce their skin cancer risk.

SunSmart co-ordinator Rachel Adams said there were many tips parents and students could easily adopt in their daily routines to better protect themselves during school hours.

"While new school shoes, lunch boxes and books have become back-to-school musts, sunscreen and SunSmart supplies unfortunately often fall into the optional extras list for many parents," she said.

"We know sun exposure during childhood and adolescence contributes significantly to skin cancer risk later in life."

Skin cancer is the easiest cancer to prevent, yet Queensland has the highest rate in the world.

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