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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.

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.

Skin Cancer Action Week is a time when we remind 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.

More details of how you can support National Skin Cancer Action Week in 2017 will be available shortly.


National Skin Cancer Action Week Resources

Please find below resources developed for Skin Cancer Action Week in 2016. New resources for 2017 will be available later in the year. 


Skin cancer detection poster


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