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ACT Secondary School Sun Protection Project

Background In 2011 Cancer Council ACT (CCACT) was asked by the ACT Health Directorate to take action in secondary schools to help solve the problem of poor adolescent sun protection attitudes and declining sun protection behaviours.

How much sunscreen should I apply?

Most people apply too little sunscreen. This results in sunscreen users achieving an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) significantly less than is specified on the product label (between 50-80% less).

UV Exposure and Vitamin D

Some Canberrans may be confused about whether they should get more sun to make sure they get enough vitamin D .

Do politicians really have thick skin?

A number of Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly will be in the hot seat today as they have their skin checked to help promote the vital importance of self-examination and early detection in the prevention of skin cancer.

Sample UV Protection Policy for ACT Early Childhood Services

ACT early childhood services are welcome to copy and adopt this sample UV Protection Policy and use it as their own or incorporate all of the main points into their own UV protection policy and procedures.

Do dark skinned children need to worry about sun exposure?

Of course they do, care still needs to be taken in the sun. Even though the incidence of skin cancer is significantly lower among naturally very dark-skinned people, skin cancers, including melanoma can still occur but are often detected at a later, and far more dangerous stage.

What about babies (under 6 months old) and sun protection/sunscreen?

Infants should not be purposely exposed to direct sunlight (UVR) when UV levels reach 3 and above. So always aim to seek out adequate shade when spending time outdoors during this period with your young child.

Sample UV Protection Policy for ACT Schools

ACT schools are welcome to copy and adopt this sample UV Protection Policy and use it as their own or incorporate all of the main points into their own UV protection policy and procedures.

Contact Us

Cancer Council ACT

ABN

33 113 296 601

Phone

Fax

(02) 6257 5055

Email

Address

Unit 1 (The Annex)
173 Strickland Crescent
Deakin ACT 2600

Postal Address

PO BOX 75
Deakin West ACT 2600
Australia