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Skin Cancer Action Week



November 19-25 2017

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

New Cancer Council research shows that Aussies are forgetting to slip on a shirt to protect themselves from the sun and that an alarming number of adults are getting sunburnt on summer weekends.

The latest Cancer Council National Sun Protection Survey shows that overall the proportion of adults slipping on clothing to protect themselves from the sun has decreased from 19 percent to 17 percent in the last three years.

Meanwhile the proportion of adults who get sunburnt on the weekend hasn’t improved and now sits at 17 percent, equivalent to more than 2.7 million adults.

With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, the action week is an important reminder of sun protection and early skin cancer detection for all Australians.

More than 2,000 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.

To encourage Australians to remember to use the five forms of sun protection, we are inviting everyone to join the #SunSmartGeneration.

Today’s children have grown up with the SunSmart message and are our most sun savvy generation ever. Parents understand the importance of protecting their little one’s skin with rashies, hats, sunglasses, shade and sunscreen. However, it’s important that adults protect their own skin too. It’s never too late to prevent further damage and parents play an important role in setting a good example for their kids.

That’s why this National Skin Cancer Action Week, Australians of all ages 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 these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.

National Skin Cancer Action Week Resources

Find below resources developed for National Skin Cancer Action Week in 2017, including social media cover photos and posters to use in workplaces, schools and childcare centres.

Talking about National Skin Cancer Action Week on social media? Remember to use the hashtag #SunSmartGeneration to help spread the message to all Australians.

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National Skin Cancer Action Week Resources

Find below resources developed for National Skin Cancer Action Week in 2017, including social media cover photos and posters to use in workplaces, schools and childcare centres.

Talking about National Skin Cancer Action Week on social media? Remember to use the hashtag #SunSmartGeneration to help spread the message to all Australians.

 

 

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