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Sun safety



Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. In 2011, more than 2000 Australians died from this almost entirely preventable disease.

Fortunately, being SunSmart is a simple and effective way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.

Cancer Council provides guidance on how much sun you need and how to protect yourself from getting too much sun exposure. We also offer a range of high quality, affordable sun protection products to help keep you safe from the sun's damaging UV rays.

For in-depth information and statistics, visit Skin cancer statistics and issues. For details on SunSmart activities in your local area, click on your state or territory in the map below:

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Explore this section:


About skin cancer

What is skin cancer and how early detection and being sun smart can help.
More about about skin cancer

Causes of skin cancer

We explain the risk of exposure to different types of UV radiation that can cause cancer.
More about causes of skin cancer

Check for signs of skin cancer

Find out which skin types are most at risk of skin cancer and how it could effect you.
More about check for signs of skin cancer

Preventing skin cancer

Learn how to protect your skin from the sun.
More about preventing skin cancer

Vitamin D

How much sun do you need to maintain your vitamin D levels?
More about vitamin d

UV alert

Learn about the UV Alert and why it is important to know how to read and use it.
More about uv alert

Nanoparticles and sunscreen

Credible information on nanoparticles in sunscreen.
More about nanoparticles and sunscreen

SunSmart position statements

Download position statements on skin cancer and sun protection.
More about sunsmart position statements

Sun protection in the workplace

How to protect outdoor workers from skin cancer.
More about sun protection in the workplace

Campaigns and events

Read about the Cancer Council's skin cancer prevention campaigns.
More about campaigns and events


This page was last updated on: Wednesday, December 10, 2014