According to the Cancer Council of Australia, skin cancers account for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers each year. Even on cool and cloudy days, UV rays can penetrate your skin and cause a significant level of damage. While we are all taught the importance of slip, slop, slap from a young age, it’s also important to make shade structures such as alfresco shade sails a top priority. Let’s look at why being sun smart, and investing in shade, is so important.

The Sun’s UV Rays Can Cause Skin Cancer

There are two main types of UV rays that damage our skin (UVA & UVB), and both can cause skin cancer. Too much UV radiation can damage the DNA in skin cells. If enough DNA damage builds up over time, it can cause cells to start growing out of control, which can lead to skin cancer. Anyone can develop skin cancer, but some people can have a higher risk. Skin damage doesn’t only happen when it’s hot and sunny. The sun is often strong enough to cause damage even when it’s overcast, cool and, cloudy.

There Are Three Main Forms Of Skin Cancer:

  • Melanoma – The third most common cancer diagnosed in Australians, Melanoma is the most dangerous of all skin cancers. It can grow quickly, and the most aggressive forms can become life-threatening in as little as six weeks. If left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body.  
  • Basal cell carcinoma – The most common but least dangerous form of skin cancer. It grows slowly, and may appear as a lump or dry, scaly area. The earlier BCC is detected, the easier it is to treat.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma – This type of skin cancer is not as dangerous as melanoma but may spread to other parts of the body if not treated. It grows over some months and appears on skin most often exposed to the sun.

Slip, Slop, Slap and Seek Shade

Most Australians are well-trained in the routine of slipping on a shirt, slopping on sunscreen, and slapping on a hat, but it is also essential to seek out shade! UV radiation exposure that doesn’t cause sunburn can still damage skin cells and increase the risk of skin cancer. This is why shade structures such as alfresco shade sails have become an important feature throughout Perth homes, businesses, schools, and playgrounds. For playground shade, Perth’s Supreme Shades is the leading choice. Not only ideal for keeping delicate young skin protected from harsh UV rays, but playground shade sails also keep play equipment cooler, ensuring the safety of all children using it. They also protect play equipment from the elements, maximising its lifespan.

How to Be Sun Smart

It’s easy to protect yourself and your family from damaging UV rays.

  • Correct clothing – long sleeves tops and long pants made from lightweight, breathable fabrics are the perfect choice.
  • Hats – a wide brimmed hat should become a regular part of everyone’s outdoor routine.
  • Sunscreen – apply sunscreen every morning and keep a bottle in your bag so you can reapply if you are going to be outdoors for lengthy periods of time.
  • Shade outdoor entertaining areas and play spaces – whether you choose umbrellas, alfresco shade sails, or a permanent structure, shading outdoor spaces should be a top priority.

Ask Us About Custom Shade Sails Today

Striving to deliver high-quality yet affordable shade solutions, Supreme Shades does more than simply help you choose a shade sail. We work with you to custom design an option that suits your commercial needs. Get a quote online now or call us today on 08 9405 4310.