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National Skin Cancer Action Week 2016


November 20-26 2016

Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.

With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, the week is a time when we remind Australians of the importance of sun protection and early skin cancer detection.

More than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year and Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially over the past few years.

Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.

This year the theme of National Skin Cancer Action Week is "My #SunSmart5" and focuses on reminding Australians to use five forms of sun protection to help reduce their skin cancer risk.

During National Skin Cancer Action Week, we are reminding Australians to slip on sun-protective clothing, slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses.

A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking so you can pick up on any changes, are the key to reducing your skin cancer risk.

There are lots of ways you can get involved this National Skin Cancer Action Week:

  • Put posters up at work, home or at school to remind Australians of the importance of sun protection
  • Update your cover photo on your social media channels using the images below
  • Share a photo of yourself using 5 forms of sun protection – don’t forget the hashtag #SunSmart5
  • Help us spread the word by sharing our social media posts during the week – you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


2016 National Skin Cancer Action Week Resources

Please find below resources developed for Skin Cancer Action Week


Colour poster | Black & White poster

Greyscale poster


Skin cancer detection poster


Facebook cover image

Twitter cover image

Web banner 960x345

Web banner 850x370

Web banner 650x420

Email signature

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This page was last updated on: Tuesday, November 22, 2016