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Workplaces have an important role to play in providing safe environments. This includes protection against risks of occupational sun exposure, such as skin cancer.

SunSmart has developed a face-to-face education program for Victorian workplaces.

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Headed to the snow?

Snow sports enthusiasts are at an increased risk of overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation due to a combination of high altitudes and snow reflecting as much as 90 per cent of the sun's UV rays.

So, it's just as important to use sun protection while you're at the snow, as it is when you're headed to the beach in summer.

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Get the free SunSmart app

Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes wrinkles and skin and eye damage, ultimately leading to skin cancer.

That's why it's so important to check the daily sun protection times for your location each day on the SunSmart app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

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Welcome to SunSmart

Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world for both males and females. Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. In Victoria, more than 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually. In 2012, 399 Victorians died from skin cancer – more than the state road toll. The total cost to the state health system is enormous – over $500 million just to treat non-melanoma skin cancer in 2010. This makes skin cancer the most costly burden on the health system of all cancers. Tragically, skin cancer in one of the most preventable cancers.

Ultraviolet radiation (UV) is both the major cause of skin cancer and the best natural source of vitamin D. SunSmart aims to minimise the human cost of skin cancer in Victoria by taking a leadership role to promote a balance between the benefits and harms of ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure and the links with vitamin D. 

SunSmart works with primary and secondary schools, early childhood centres, workplaces, health professionals, local government and sporting clubs and other organisations to promote a healthy approach to UV exposure. This intensive community-level work is underpinned by state-wide media campaigns that communicate the SunSmart message and change broader social norms. One of the program’s most successful media campaigns was launched by SunSmart and Cancer Council Victoria in 1981 featuring Sid Seagull. The iconic and internationally recognised Slip! Slop! Slap! campaign was successful in encouraging people to reduce sun exposure and protect themselves against an increased risk of skin cancer. Sid had Australians slipping on long sleeved clothing, slopping on sunscreen and slapping on a hat.

Today, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and Cancer Council Victoria jointly fund SunSmart. In 2004 we were appointed a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for UV Radiation.

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You'll find UV even harder to spot!

UV can't be seen or felt, but that doesn't mean it can't damage your skin, even when it's a cool or cloudy day.

Check the sun protection times via the free SunSmart app so you know when you DO and DON'T need sun protection: http://bit.ly/PX6ChK

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In the news

18 years of SunSmart sees dramatic increase in hats and sun-protective clothing in childcare and kinders

Thursday 11 September 2014

Victorian pre-school and childcare services are leading the way in slapping on their hats and slipping on shirts, according to new SunSmart research released to coincide with the program's 18th anniversary in preschools and childcare centres.

Victorian schools receive more than $250,000 to fight against skin cancer

Sunday 24 August 2014

Eleven secondary schools across Victoria will receive up to $25,000 for shade, thanks to Cancer Council Australia grants made possible through the eftpos Giveback program.

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