Current UV Index
Adelaide
UV index: 4.0

UV index for Adelaide: 4.0 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:26 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Alice Springs
UV index: 3.4

UV index for Alice Springs: 3.4 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:26 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Brisbane
UV index: 8.3

UV index for Brisbane: 8.3 - VERY HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:56 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Seek shade
Canberra
UV index: 4.6

UV index for Canberra: 4.6 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:56 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Darwin
UV index: 4.6

UV index for Darwin: 4.6 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:26 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Emerald
UV index: 7.6

UV index for Emerald: 7.6 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:56 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Gold Coast
UV index: 4.5

UV index for Gold Coast: 4.5 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:56 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Kingston
UV index: 4.0

UV index for Kingston: 4.0 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:56 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
Melbourne
UV index: 1.7

UV index for Melbourne: 1.7 - LOW
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:55 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
Newcastle
UV index: 6.3

UV index for Newcastle: 6.3 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:55 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Perth
UV index: 1.4

UV index for Perth: 1.4 - LOW
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 7:55 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
Sydney
UV index: 6.1

UV index for Sydney: 6.1 - HIGH
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:55 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
Townsville
UV index: 5.1

UV index for Townsville: 5.1 - MODERATE
Last updated Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 9:56 am

Minimum recommended protection:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Apply sunscreen

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

Targeted Therapy

What is Targeted Therapy?

Targeted cancer therapies work by interfering with specific molecules ("molecular targets") that are involved in the growth, progression and spread of the cancer.   Most targeted therapies are 'cytostatic' meaning they block cancer cell proliferation, rather than cytotoxic (eg. chemotherapy), which kills tumour cells.

B-Raf/MEK Therapies
Approximately 40% of melanoma patients contain an altered form of a growth signalling protein known as the B-Raf protein.   If a patient's tumor is shown to contain this protein, the patient is deemed B-Raf positive and may receive a treatment that targets this specific altered protein.   Unfortunately cancer cells tend to become resistant to these therapies. For this reason, they are often used in combination ie. more than one drug at a time.

Targeted Therapy Side Effects

 

Targeted cancer therapies can have substantial side effects.  They are most commonly

  • Skin problems (acneiform rash, dry skin, nail changes, hair depigmentation)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Liver problems such as hepatits and elevated liver enzymes
  • Problems with blood clotting and wound healing
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal perforation (a rare side effect of some targeted therapies)