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Annual National Skin Cancer Action Week

Every year at the start of summer the Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together to host a national skin cancer action week
This week is an awareness campaign as an important reminder to Australians of the significance of sun safety and early skin cancer detection. To learn when the next National Skin Cancer Action Week is visit the Cancer Council website.

Why Do We Have A National Skin Cancer Action Week?

The need to campaign and raise awareness about skin cancer in Australia is critical, particularly because the statistics for skin cancer in Australia are quite dramatic. For example:
The Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially every year over the past few years.
Every 4 minutes another Australian is diagnosed with skin cancer.
Two in three Australians are diagnosed with cancer by the age of 70.
Surveys show that one in four (26%) of teenagers between the age of 12-17 get sunburnt on summer weekends.
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The Australian climate is known for its harsh sun and high UV, which makes it so important for people to know about sun protection and skin checks for the early detection of skin cancers.
Skin cancer has a 69% survival rate, and those odds are dramatically increased by early detection, making campaigns like this week a life-saving initiative. There is also an unhealthy tanning culture that spreads in the summertime with beachgoers often trying to get a ‘healthy tan’. There is no such thing as a ‘healthy tan’ as tanning is a sign that you have been exposed to UV radiation at a level that has damaged your skin, increasing your risk of skin cancer. The skin cancer action week is a big part of combating this culture and ensuring Australians are aware of the importance of sun protection going into the summer months.
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Why Do We Have National Skin Cancer Action Week?

The events and campaigns that the Cancer Council runs changes every year, for more information visit the Cancer Council’s website.
The Five Forms Of Sun Protection Promoted By The Cancer Council Includes:
Slip on sun-protective clothing.
Slap on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen.
Seek shade.
Slap on a broad-brimmed hat.
Slide on sunglasses.
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Where Can I Find Out More Information?

THE CANCER COUNCIL KEEPS A TRACK OF THEIR EVENTS AND CAMPAIGNS ON THEIR WEBSITE.
You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with their events.
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