Why sun protection is important
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Almost one in two people who grow up here get some form of skin cancer at some time. The major cause of skin cancer is UV radiation from the sun.
Every year, around 1600 Australians die from skin cancer and tens of thousands more need treatment.But the good news is that you can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer by protecting yourself from the sun’s UV rays. Exposure to the sun in childhood and adolescence is an important factor in the development of skin cancer later in life.Sunburn in childhood is a particular risk factor. Exposure in adulthood also plays a part. Current scientific evidence suggests that the damage to cells is done in childhood but exposure to UV radiation in adult years triggers skin cancer. There is more to sun protection than sunscreen.
Protect yourself in 5 ways: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun causes sunburn, skin damage, skin cancer and cataracts. It is important to understand UV radiation, so you can protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays.
With Australia’s climate and outdoor lifestyle, it is almost impossible to avoid the sun’s UV rays, but there are ways to protect your skin so you can stay safe and still enjoy being outside.
Sun protection resources for the general public
Save your skin brochures, posters, sun spots to watch flyers, shade planning guidelines, guide to skin clinics, fighting melanoma video etc.Sun protection resources and shade planning guidelines
Sun protection resources for early childhood services
Early childhood resource kit, sunsmart posters, flyers to give out to parents, stickers etc.Early childhood services
Sun protection resources for primary and secondary schools
Shade planning guidelines for schools, guidelines to implement sun protection policy, Tattoo kit, activity sheets on sun protection behaviours, sunsmart teaching resources etc.
Sun protection in sport and recreation
Best practice checklist for sun protection practices, guidelines for sporting events, shade for outdoor sports, sunsmart tips etc.
Sun protection resources for workplaces and local government
Guidelines for implementing a sun protection policy. Resources for workplace sun protection