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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.

New data from Cancer Council’s National Sun Protection Survey will be unveiled during the week to reveal the latest trends in our sun protection behaviours.

National Skin Cancer Action Week is a great time to remind people 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 keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.

You can find out more about skin cancer here.


2015 Skin Cancer Action Week Resources

Please find below resources developed for Skin Cancer Action Week in 2015. New resources will be developed for 2016.

Printable UV poster

Black & White poster

Skin cancer detection poster

Facebook cover image

Twitter cover image


Infographic A

Infographic B

Case Studies

Bethany's story

Damien's story

Skin cancer stories




This page was last updated on: Sunday, July 31, 2016