Introducing the new SunSmart app

The new SunSmart app has arrived for summer!

With a fresh new look and more options to make it your own, the app also includes sun protection times, weather updates and sunscreen reminders, making it easier than ever to be SunSmart, right across Australia.

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Warning for men over 45

Twice as many Victorian men over the age of 45 are dying of melanoma than women the same age. Melanoma diagnoses are also 41 percent higher for men than for their female counterparts.

SunSmart is urging men to use sun protection this summer and cut their skin cancer risk.

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Book a SunSmart Workplace Session

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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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 2013, 460 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 is 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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Did you catch the skin cancer episode of ABC's new show Save Your Life Tonight - TV Show last night?

What did you think - did it make you more aware of your sun protection?

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Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world, with 2 out of 3 people receiving a skin cancer diagnosis by the time they turn 70. We feature live skin cancer surgery in the studio in front of our live studio audience.

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