Queenslanders stock up online for sunscreen, sunnies and sunhats

Online sales of Cancer Council Queensland sunscreens and other SunSmart products have risen 11.4 per cent over the past year, with more Queenslanders making an effort to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide!

Between July 2013 – June 2014, more than 2600 bottles of sunscreen were sold on Cancer Council Queensland’s online retail store, along with more than 2000 hats, 1100 pairs of sunglasses and 1300 pieces of protective clothing.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said it was encouraging to see Queenslanders taking to the internet to stock up on year-round essentials.

“Our online retail store offers hundreds of top-quality products from clothing to cosmetics, which help Queenslanders reduce their risk of skin cancer significantly,” Ms Clift said.

“The benefits of online shopping mean it can be done at any time of the day, on a smartphone, tablet or computer, and is accessible even to the most remote communities.

“Queensland has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world – around 370 skin cancers are diagnosed every day in our Sunshine State.

“We know that skin cancer remains one of the most preventable types of cancer, so doing a bit of SunSmart shopping will help reduce your cancer risk – it’s retail therapy for a good cause!

“I urge all Queenslanders to make sun safety a priority this year. Slip on protective clothing, Slop on SPF30 or above broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunnies when out and about.”

Ms Clift said nationally the Cancer Council online store achieved over $2 million in gross retail sales, which went a long way in the fight against cancer.

“With the support of the community purchasing Cancer Council-branded SunSmart products, we are able to help more Queenslanders affected by cancer this year,” she said.

“All funds help inject vital funds into cancer research, prevention and early detection programs, and patient support services.”

Sun protection is required when the UV Index is three and above. In Queensland, the UV Index is three and above all year round, so CCQ encourages sun protection through every season.

Cancer Council Queensland also has two SunSmart retail stores located in Brisbane, 553 Gregory Terrace, Fortitude Valley, and Toowoomba, Shop 7, High Street Shopping Centre.

To purchase Cancer Council SunSmart products online, visit http://www.cancervic.org.au/store.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland and staying SunSmart is available at cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.

For more information please contact:
Laura McKoy, Senior Media Advisor, Cancer Council Queensland. P. (07) 3634 5345