Cancer Council Australia
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 action week is an important reminder to use sun protection and of the importance of 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.
However, most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection. That’s why this 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 these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are key.
This National Skin Cancer Action Week teenagers are 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.
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.