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Still working on Slip, Slop, Slap? Here's the two steps you're missing

Rememer the five sun safe behaviours slip slop slap seek slide
Rememer the five sun safe behaviours - slip, slop, slap, seek, slide

If you learned about sun safety back in the 80s, there's a pretty good chance the sun safety mantra of slip, slop, slap has been burned into your brain. There's an even better chance that the cheerful song, originally sung by Sid the Seagull in 1981, is now one of those insidious earworms that you're going to be humming for the rest of the day (and truly, sorry about that. Try chewing some sugarless gum - it'll help).

The success of the original Slip, Slop, Slap campaign made it a cultural benchmark - one of those signs that you were an eighties kid right up there with Transformers cartoons, It's a Knockout, Spokey-Dokeys and A Country Practice.

It's great that you still remember that sun safe advice, thirty-odd years on, but just like phones have become something that travels in your pockets and the Transformers have become a part of the Michael Bay oeuvre, our knowledge of sun safety has changed in recent decades.

If you're still focusing on those three steps, you're basically two steps behind the kids who have learned their approach in more recent years. And given that Queensland has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, it's worth updating that catchy jingle in your head to incorporate the latest advice.

These days, you don't just slip, slop, slap - you also seek and slide.

  1. Slip on a shirt
  2. Slop on broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen
  3. Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  4. Seek shade
  5. Slide on some sunglasses.

Five steps isn't quite as catchy as the original three-part jingle, but they're far better at protecting your skin from UV rays.

Of course, if you want to get really modern about your approach to skin cancer prevention, you can also download the Cancer Council Australia’s Sun Smart app on iOS and Android, providing you with customised information about when you do and don't need sun protection based on your location, skin tone, and current UV levels.

Come learn more about sun safety in Queensland on the Queensland Health website.

Last updated: 7 December 2016