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Skin Cancer Action Week 2014
November 16-22 2014
This year, Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists are coming together for National Skin Cancer Action Week. Event ambassadors Stephanie Rice and Michael Clarke are helping promote the campaign, which runs from 16-22 November.
With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, this year’s theme of 'Your Summer. Your Skin. Your Story.' will be a reminder to all Australians that sun protection saves lives. Individuals are encouraged to share their skin cancer stories and how it has impacted their lives.
Over 2000 people in Australia died from skin cancer in 2011 alone. It’s one of the most preventable cancers and National Skin Cancer Action Week seeks to reiterate the importance of Slip, Slop Slap Seek and Slide.
When UV levels are three or above, we’re asking all Australians to slip on some sun protective clothing, slop on some SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on some sunglasses. A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking to pick up on any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.
With melanoma being the most common cancer in Australians aged 15 to 44, the week is a timely reminder to young Australians that if sun safety and skin awareness are a priority, they need not be another statistic.
Skin cancer stories
Find out more:
- How to check for skin cancer
- Dr Patricia Lowe's blog: When it comes to skin cancer, early detection is the key
- Jim Maxwell's skin cancer story
- Video: Michael Clarke and Jim Maxwell talk about the big issue
- Buy sun protection products
- Are you a facebook fan? Keep up to date with all the latest SunSmart news here.
You can also find more information on the Australasian College of Dermatologists website.
This page was last updated on: Thursday, November 20, 2014