National Skin Cancer Action Week
Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week. This is an important reminder to use sun protection and of the importance of early skin cancer detection for all Australians.
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.
However, most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection. That’s why during National Skin Cancer Action Week, all Australians are urged to use the five forms of sun protection. These are to:
- slip on sun-protective clothing
- slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
- slap on a broad-brimmed hat
- seek shade
- slide on sunglasses.
A combination of the five measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are key.
In 2019, Cancer Council encouraged teens to be SunSmart, with new research from the National Sun Protection Survey showing one in four (26%) teenagers are getting sunburnt on summer weekends.
The survey compared sun protection habits of teenagers aged 12-17 over time to form a picture of how well Australian teens are protecting themselves from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The latest survey results show there has been no significant decrease in teenage sunburn rates in the last 12 years.
During National Skin Cancer Action Week, teenagers were encouraged to #OwnYourTone by using all five forms of sun protection to prevent sunburn and protect their skin from UV radiation.
If you’d like to help prevent skin cancer and raise awareness of sun protection, please check out our range of posters and social media resources below.
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