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"Your biggest risk: Too much of a good thing" Australia Warnings Or Dangers Tip by tiabunna

Australia Warnings and Dangers: 237 reviews and 225 photos

  Enjoy the sun - but with care!
by tiabunna
  • Enjoy the sun - but with care! - Australia
      Enjoy the sun - but with care!
    by tiabunna
  • This needs to be taken seriously! - Australia
      This needs to be taken seriously!
    by tiabunna

Many visitors to Australia are drawn by the sunshine, so there’s a good chance that’s at least partly what interests you. There’s a trap though, in the endless sunny days. If you couple them with the high elevation of the sun and the clear atmosphere, the result is that you’re exposed to quite extreme levels of solar radiation. So a few uncomfortable facts:

* Depending on your skin type (northern European is worst) you can get very uncomfortable sunburn, leading to peeling skin, from just half an hour’s exposure to the sun – if you do not have some sun protection.

* Australia in general, and Queensland in particular, has the world’s highest incidence of skin cancer. OK, the effects tend to be cumulative with time, but about 300,000 skin cancers are diagnosed yearly and exposure to the sun is the main cause. Skin cancers don’t show up until years later, but lead to over 1200 deaths a year in Australia. For comparison, Australia has about 1600 road fatalities yearly (one of the world’s safest). The message in the second photo is meant to be taken far more seriously than it may appear!

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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