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Skin cancer prevention

What you need to know about skin cancer prevention—what it is, how to stay safe, and what is being done in NSW.

In 2015 there were approximately 13,000 new skin cancer cases diagnosed in NSW.

The Cancer Institute NSW is helping to reduce skin cancer across NSW through campaigns promoting sun safety.

Why is this prevention program important?

In 2015 alone, there were approximately 13,000 new skin cancer cases diagnosed in NSW. Skin cancers are easily prevented, the best way to stay safe is to follow five easy steps and be sun smart.

What you need to know

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and it is the most common cancer affecting young Australians.

Five ways to protect yourself:

  1. shade
  2. protective clothing
  3. hat
  4. sunglasses
  5. sunscreen 

What are we trying to achieve?

The Cancer Institute NSW has four current priority areas and goals designed to prevent and limit the burden of skin cancer in NSW:

  • increase ultraviolet radiation protection behaviours
  • increase shade provision
  • ultraviolet radiation protection policy
  • promote strategic research.

What have we achieved?

Over the last eight years Cancer Institute NSW skin cancer campaigns have contributed to saving over 100 lives, reducing skin cancer cases by 13,167 in NSW, and saving the state over $60 million.

What the skin does, what skin cancer and melanoma are, and what the role of ultraviolet radiation is.

There are simple ways to reduce your risk of skin cancer: protecting your skin from damaging ultraviolet radiation and checking regularly for moles.

Over the last ten years the Cancer Institute NSW has produced campaigns to help spread the message of being safe in the sun and preventing skin cancer.

The NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy guides how we can reduce over-exposure to the sun in New South Wales

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