May 16, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori warned of sunburn dangers

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(Source | Waatea News) Maori are urged to put more slip slop slap into their summer.

Wayde Beckham from says while there is a widespread belief that brown people don’t burn, it’s not true … and too many Maori are among the 300 New Zealanders die from melanoma each year.

He says on hot days one in five people will get sunburnt.

The reality is no matter what your skin type is in terms of colour, you can still get burnt. For people with darker skin colour, it can take longer for them to get burnt. We say do what you can to avoid being sunburnt. No matter what your skin type, sunburn can lead to melanoma later on in life, Mr Beckham says.

Ultraviolet radiation levels can be high even on cloudy or cooler days.

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