Cancer Council Australia
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.
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, including melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Every year in Australia skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. Around 2000 people die from this disease every year.
However, more than 95% of skin cancer cases are caused by unprotected exposure to UV radiation from the sun, meaning it is a nearly entirely preventable cancer.
Many Australians will remember the ‘Sid the Seagull’ campaign from the 1980s which launched the ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ message.
Some things have changed since then but our sun is still the same.
A lot of those Australians who first heard Sid’s message now have kids of their own.
National Skin Cancer Action Week is the perfect opportunity to remind them of the importance of staying SunSmart, not just for themselves but for their kids as well.
By using sun protection and preventing sunburn and skin damage you are reducing your risk of skin cancer – including potentially deadly melanoma. Sun protection is recommended whenever UV levels reach 3 or higher.
There are five simple things you can do to protect yourself and greatly reduce your risk of skin cancer:
- Slip on sun-protective clothing
- Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outdoors and reapply every two hours afterwards
- Slap on a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face, head, neck and ears
- Seek shade
- Slide on sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian standards.
A combination of the five measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are key.
From the 1980s till today, Cancer Council has been front and centre in skin cancer prevention. As long as the sun shines on Australia, Cancer Council won’t stop working with the help of our supporters to reduce skin cancer rates and save lives.
The time to stop cancer is before it starts. Let’s make the future cancer free.
The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) is pleased to partner with Choosing Wisely Australia®, an initiative of NPS MedicineWise.
This initiative brings the community together to improve the quality of healthcare by considering tests, treatments, and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit or, in some cases, lead to harm.
The College has developed 5 recommendations for clinicians and consumers on urticaria, distorted toenails and appropriate use of antibiotics in leg cellulitis, epidermal cysts and acne.
Health Direct Australia
The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) is an information partner with Health Direct Australia.
Health Direct Australia are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice. The Health Direct Australia website links to pages on the College A-Z of Skin resource to provide information on various skin,hair and nail conditions.