LISTEN: Ben Lee jingle blasts sun reminder

The dulcet tones of musician Ben Lee blasting through speakers at the Warilla, Oak Flats and Albion Park swimming pools this summer will be a friendly reminder that around 2000 Australians die from skin cancer each year.

With temperatures rising and UV levels already at extreme levels, the Cancer Council is urging residents to protect their skin in coming months.

To help remind people to be sun smart, the Cancer Council will be playing The Sun Sound at the three pools.

The Sun Sound, a jingle created by Ben Lee, will be played at the pools hourly on loudspeakers, reminding people to protect themselves with hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, clothing and shade.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said melanoma incidences were higher in coastal regions such as Shellharbour.

"Most people love nothing more than getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine," Cr Saliba said.

"But we know that people often forget to be sun smart when they are enjoying themselves and may unintentionally spend long periods of time exposed to UV rays.

"The Sun Sound is that friendly reminder for people that when they hear the jingle they need to act."

Cancer Council community programs co-ordinator Tammy Johnston believes checking UV levels as part of the daily routine is a great way to be prepared.

"The key to protecting your skin is to be prepared- checking UV levels each day in the local newspaper or on the Bureau of Meteorology website will help identify when it is safe to be outdoors in the sun this summer," she said.

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