Current UV Index
Adelaide
UV index: 6.8

UV index for Adelaide: 6.8 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:13 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Alice Springs
UV index: 3.1

UV index for Alice Springs: 3.1 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:13 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Brisbane
UV index: 9.7

UV index for Brisbane: 9.7 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:43 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Canberra
UV index: 2.6

UV index for Canberra: 2.6 - LOW
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:43 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
Darwin
UV index: 10.5

UV index for Darwin: 10.5 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:13 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Emerald
UV index: 10.7

UV index for Emerald: 10.7 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:43 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Gold Coast
UV index: 7.9

UV index for Gold Coast: 7.9 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:43 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Kingston
UV index: 2.6

UV index for Kingston: 2.6 - LOW
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:43 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
Melbourne
UV index: 3.1

UV index for Melbourne: 3.1 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:43 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Newcastle
UV index: 8.1

UV index for Newcastle: 8.1 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:43 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Perth
UV index: 4.2

UV index for Perth: 4.2 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:43 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Sydney
UV index: 8.1

UV index for Sydney: 8.1 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:42 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Townsville
UV index: 12.4

UV index for Townsville: 12.4 - EXTREME
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:43 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
  • When possible, stay indoors between 10am and 4pm

Click the indexes to view the minimum recommended protection

When the UV index is low, sun protection is generally not needed unless outside for extended periods

UV observations courtesy of ARPANSA
Disclaimer

Radiotherapy

External beam radiation therapy uses x-rays to kill cancer cells by damaging their DNA. The treatment is much like getting an x-ray, but the radiation is stronger. The procedure itself is painless. Each treatment lasts only a few minutes, however more time is involved in the initial planning and setup for each treatment.

The number of radiotherapy treatments required can vary depend on the size and location of the area being treated.

Radiotherapy is rarely used to treat a primary (initial) melanoma.  It is however, often given after surgery in an area where lymph nodes were removed to try and lessen the likelihood of a recurrence, or return, of the cancer.  It is also used to treat melanoma that has recurred after surgery or to help treat disease that has spread (metastasised) to other areas. This treatment is referred to as palliative therapy. Palliative radiotherapy is not given with the intent to cure the cancer, but it might help shrink it or slow its growth for a time to help control some of the symptoms.

Possible side effects of radiation therapy

Common side effects depend on where the radiation is aimed and can include:

  • Sunburn-like skin problems
  • Hair loss where the radiation enters the body
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss

Often these go away after treatment.

Radiation therapy to the brain can sometimes cause memory loss, headaches, trouble thinking, or reduced sexual desire.