Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three Australians developing some form of skin cancer before age 70. Melanoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Victorians aged 15–29. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by using sun protection measures at appropriate times of the year.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the major cause of skin cancer. UV damage accumulated during childhood and adolescence is strongly associated with an increased risk of skin cancer in later life.
Given school hours fall within peak UV periods of the day, a comprehensive policy will assist schools to adopt healthy UV practices. This policy is suitable for all E–12, P–12 and 7–12 schools.
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