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NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy

Vision: To reduce the incidence of skin cancer in NSW

The impact of skin cancer, both in the number of people affected and in the costs to our health system, is significant. However, skin cancer has been found to be one of the most preventable cancers.

It is estimated that nearly 95% of skin cancers can be prevented through reduced exposure to UVR.

This second NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy highlights the NSW Government’s continued commitment to reducing overexposure to UVR by focusing its strategies and actions towards achieving the following goals:

Priority populations 

Children, Adolescents and young adults, Adult males over 40

Goal 1: To increase implementation of comprehensive effective sun protection policies and guideline

Learn more about Goal 1

Objectives:

  • Improve awareness of policies and guidelines
  • Increase capacity for development and implementation of policies and guidelines
  • Use data and information to monitor extent and quality of policies and guidelines

Goal 2: To improve access to adequate shade

Learn more about Goal 2

Objectives: 

  • Improve awareness and understanding of adequate shade
  • Improve measurement of shade availability and adequacy
  • Increase availability of adequate shade
  • Use data and information to monitor shade availability and adequacy

Goal 3: To increase the adoption of sun protection behaviours

Learn more about Goal 3

Objectives:

  • Ensure that skin cancer messaging is consistent and in line with best practice
  • Positive change in UVR protection knowledge, attitudes and behaviours
  • Use data and information to assess the impact of public education campaigns and other interventions

Priority settings

Community, Education, Workplaces, Recreation, Healthcare services

 

Guiding principles

Guiding principles

Public sector, private sector and community sharing responsibility and working effectively together to reduce the incidence of skin cancer in NSW.

Learning from and building on the NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy 2012-15.

User data and information to monitor and improve performance of skin cancer prevention policies, services, programs and campaigns.

"The NSW Cancer Plan sets out the state's blueprint fo reducing the incidence of cancer; increasing survival and improving the quality of life, treatment and care for people affected by cancer. David Currow, NSW Chief Cancer Officer & CEO Cancer Institute NSW

Download the NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy.

This PDF document is a printable version of the NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy.

Download the Strategy

Download the NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Summary Framework

This PDF document is a printable infographic summary of the Strategy framework.

Download the Strategy framework

Current Skin Cancer Advisory Committee member organisations:

  • Association of Independent Schools
  • Cancer Council NSW
  • Cancer Institute NSW
  • Catholic Education Commission
  • Environment Protection Authority
  • Melanoma Institute Australia
  • NSW Department of Education
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • NSW Office of Sport
  • SafeWork NSW
  • Skin and Cancer Foundation
Mother on the beach with children

The NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy builds on the achievements of the 2012–15 strategy and outlines a coordinated response to the primary prevention of skin cancer at a statewide level.

Goal 1 of the NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy

Evidence suggests that sun protection policies can help ensure skin cancer prevention is prioritised by organisations and governments, and plays a significant role in agenda setting.

Goal 2 of the NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy

Shade can provide a protective environment and ‘good quality’ shade has been shown to reduce UVR exposure by up to 75 per cent.

Goal 3 of the NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy

Evidence demonstrates that people can reduce their exposure to UVR by adopting the following sun protection behaviours when UV levels are 3 and above:

Teenager at the beach wearing a hat

Implementation of the NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy will continue to rely on collaborative efforts and partnerships led by the NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Advisory Committee.