Slip-Slop-Slap

Slip-Slop-Slap is the name for a health campaign in Australia exhorting people to "slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a hat" when they go out into the sun in order to prevent skin cancer.cite web |url= http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23015412-23289,00.html |title= Sun worshippers need a slap of reality |author= Stephen Lunn |work= The Australian |date= 7 January 2008 |quote= ] It is probably Australia's most recognizable health message.

The campaign started in 1981 and its mascot is a seagull called Sid.

The health campaign was extended in later years to encourage the use of sunglasses. That is, slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on some sunnies: "Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap". By this stage however the skin cancer aware message of the campaign had successfully been absorbed into the Australian psyche and "slip, slop slap, wrap" was neither as memorable or as necessary as its precursor.

It is also used in New Zealand, where the mascot is a lobster, voiced by Ants from "What Now". Some Canadian cities have also started their own Slip-Slop-Slap campaigns.

Effect on cancer rates

Since this campaign was introduced along with advertisements and a jingle, the incidence of the two most common forms of skin cancer (basal-cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) in Australia has decreased. However the incidence of melanoma - the most lethal form of skin cancer - has increased. cite journal |author=Garland C, Garland F, Gorham E |title=Could sunscreens increase melanoma risk? |url= http://www.ajph.org/cgi/reprint/82/4/614 |journal=Am J Public Health |volume=82 |issue=4 |pages=614–5 |year=1992 |pmid=1546792 |issn=]

References

External links

* [http://www.qldcancer.com.au/pdf/QldKidsSunSmartBooklet190506.pdf An image of Sid the seagull and the text of the jingle]


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