International UV & Skin Cancer Prevention Conference

Cancer Council Victoria is proud to host the 3rd International UV & Skin Cancer Prevention Conference in Melbourne 9-11 December 2015.

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Calling all secondary students

SunSmart are looking for 40 of Victoria's most innovative students for a one day student Think Tank opportunity.

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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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Commercial solariums banned in Victoria

It is illegal to operate commercial solarium units in Victoria as of 1 January 2015.

The ban is the result of almost a decade of ongoing campaigning led by Cancer Councils across Australia and our partners, as well as individuals like Clare Oliver and her family.

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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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Slip! Slop! Slap! Ski! SunSmart & Bureau of Meteorology warn Victorians to protect themselves on the slopes

Tuesday 16 June 2015

SunSmart is teaming up with the Bureau of Meteorology to remind people to use sun protection on the slopes, as this weekend marks the official start of the snow season.

Don’t be fooled by temperature this long weekend, Mornington Peninsula residents at risk of melanoma

Thursday 5 March 2015

SunSmart and Life Saving Victoria are calling on Mornington Peninsula residents and holiday-makers to be vigilant about sun protection this long weekend, as data indicates 333 residents have been diagnosed with melanoma in the region from 2010–12.

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