Australia is about to get super hot with temperatures expected to be above 40C. For cancer patients on treatment the best advice would be to stay inside, keep cool and hydrate. Chemotherapy can make patients more sensitive to the sun and more vulnerable to heat-related problems.
“A total fire ban has been issued for the entire state — the first this summer — and a health alert is in place for many parts of the state. A cool change in the afternoon will bring gusts of up to 100kmh and the chance of lightning — all recipes for potentially devastating fire conditions, authorities say.
To help minimise the adverse effects of airborne dust, the EPA has advised people to avoid outdoor activity, avoid vigorous exercise, especially if you have asthma or a breathing-related conditions, stay indoors and close windows and doors.” Herald Sun
When the UV radiation level reaches 3 and above it is strong enough to cause skin damage so skin protection is recommended. Protecting the skin from overexposure to UV radiation should include the following 5 SunSmart strategies, used in combination, for maximum protection –
- Slip on sun protective clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible.
- Slop on a SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen 15 minutes before going outdoors and reapply it every 2 hours, or more regularly if involved in water activities or perspiring.
- Slap on a shady hat that provides plenty of protection to the face, neck and ears. Broad brimmed, bucket or legionnaire style hats are recommended.
- Seek shade when you are outdoors.
- Slide on wrap-around sunglasses that fit close to your face to protect the eyes. Look for EPF 10 on the label for maximum UV protection.
For more check out www.cancersa.org.au
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