Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and other sources, such as solariums, is the major cause of skin cancer.
Australia has some of the highest UV levels in the world: in fact UV radiation is strong enough to cause sunburn in just 11 minutes on a fine January day.
In Victoria, the average UV is above 3 from September until April and sun protection is required during the daily sun protection times. The average UV is below 3 from May until August, so sun protection is not required.
SunSmart Victoria, 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004, Australia. Phone +61 (03) 9514 6419 Fax +61 (03) 9514 6804.