Over 2000 people in Australia died from skin cancer in 2011 alone. It’s one of the most preventable cancers and National Skin Cancer Action Week seeks to reiterate the importance of Slip, Slop Slap Seek and Slide.
When UV levels are three or above, we’re asking all Canberrans to slip on some sun protective clothing, slop on some SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on some sunglasses. A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking to pick up on any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.
With melanoma being the most common cancer in Australians aged 15 to 44, the week is a timely reminder to young Australians that if sun safety and skin awareness are a priority, they need not be another statistic.
ACT primary and secondary schools are encouraged to download and display the (free) SunSmart Widget on their websites as a daily reminder to be SunSmart when UV levels are 3 and above.