Each year (during the third week of November) Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week. This week is National Skin Cancer Action Week (15-21 November).
Kids of the 80’s and 90’s failing the Slip Slop Slap-ometer
Cancer Council is encouraging parents of young children to be SunSmart this summer with new data showing that 25-44 year olds have worrying sun protection habits with one in four (25%) getting sunburnt on summer weekends.
Released to mark the start of National Skin Cancer Action Week (15-21 November), results of the 2019 Summer Sun Protection Survey (Life in Australia™) showed that in 2019, 25-44 year-olds also had a penchant for a suntan, with more than four in 10 (43%) saying they like to get a tan, a sign of harmful UV damage.
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 as we make our way into summer.
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:
- 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 the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.
From the 1980s till today, Cancer Council has been front and centre in skin cancer prevention. As long as the sun shines on Australia, we won’t stop working with the help of our supporters to reduce skin cancer rates and save lives.
We are calling on the Australian Government to invest $10million annually over two years in a mass media campaign to increase public awareness about skin cancer risk, sun protection and associated behaviour change.
The time to stop cancer is before it starts. Let’s make the future cancer free.