Dear Jeremy Dick

It definitely is a good idea to wear a hat when you're outside.

The problem is that your parents weren't made to wear hats when they were at school and they're not used to it. Of course it would be better for them if they did wear hats as they may in fact get skin cancer. (Most Australians do get skin cancer at some stage in their lives).

Fortunately most skin cancers can be treated if they're caught early.

It wouldn't hurt you to encourage your parents to wear a hat or sunscreen.

The younger you are the more sensitive your skin is to UV radiation. So it's most important for kids and teenagers to have protection from the sun. A baby under one year old should never be exposed to direct sunlight.

You only need to get sunburnt once to permanently damage your skin.

Remember: Tasmania is one of the most dangerous places in the world for UV radiation at the moment, because of the 'hole' in the ozone layer. But protection from the sun applies to all fair-skinned people wherever they live in the world.

Yours sincerely 

Virginia R. Claire

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