2017 media releases

SunSmart issues warning as 1 in 3 adults don't understand cause of sunburn

Tuesday 14 November 2017
New data from a Cancer Council Victoria survey shows more than a third of Victorians do not know the correct indicator of sunburn risk – putting themselves and their families at risk of sun damage and ultimately skin cancer.

Clare Oliver's legacy 10 years on: solarium use low but internet sites still providing platform for illegal practice

Wednesday 13 September 2017
On the 10th anniversary of the death of anti-solarium campaigner Clare Oliver, Cancer Council Victoria and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre are calling on Gumtree Australia to stop helping people trying to cash in on illegal solariums.

Survey says Victorian schools lagging behind on sunscreen availability

Monday 28 August 2017
A new survey shows Victorian primary schools are leading the way in most sun protection measures, but need more support to increase sunscreen in the classroom.

Don't let the season fool you: UV on the rise in Mildura

Tuesday 25 July 2017
It might be the middle of winter, but Mildura locals may already need to dig out their hats and sunscreen if they're heading outdoors.

Victorian men on notice: watch out for melanoma this winter

Tuesday 23 May 2017
As people cover up against the cold, SunSmart is asking all Victorians to keep an eye on their skin for suspicious spots – especially men.

Too many teens ignoring risks of a bronzed body: study

Wednesday 1 March 2017
More than half of secondary school students are willing to put themselves at risk of skin cancer for the sake of a tan – despite knowing the risks.

Hundreds of Victorians presenting to emergency with sunburn

Wednesday 25 January 2017
More than 200 sunburn cases were treated by Victorian emergency departments in just 12 months, prompting warnings to use sun protection ahead of the Australia Day public holiday.

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