Turning The Tide Of Skin Cancer

Progress made through Cancer Council’s SunSmart skin cancer prevention work is recognised as one of Australia’s greatest health achievements. Through iconic campaigns, pioneering research and life-saving initiatives, melanoma rates in Australians under 40 are now dropping.

Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, with the vast majority of skin cancers, including melanoma, being caused by overexposure to UV rays. Despite this, around 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with a skin cancer in their lifetime and almost 2,000 people lose their lives to skin cancer each year.

The good news is the tide is changing, with melanoma rates in Australians under 40 dropping and a significant decline in the number of young people seeking a sun tan. Much of this success can be attributed to Cancer Council and the help of our supporters – working over four decades to change sun protection attitudes and behaviours.

Read more from this article from the Cancer Council HERE


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