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.
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).
Some Canberrans may be confused about whether they should get more sun to make sure they get enough vitamin D .
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australasian College of Dermatologists and Cancer Council empower teens to #ownyourtone during National Skin Cancer Action Week (Nov 17 to 23).
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.
With less than a week before the official start of Summer, it’s time to remind all Canberrans, and especially teenagers, to be SunSmart and protect their skin.