Preventing skin cancer

What you need to know about skin cancer prevention — what it is, how to stay safe, and what is being done in NSW.

Preventing skin cancer

The Cancer Institute NSW is helping to reduce skin cancer across NSW through campaigns promoting sun safety.

Why is this prevention program important?

Skin cancers are easily prevented, the best way to stay safe is to follow five easy steps and be sun smart.

What you need to know

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and it is the most common cancer affecting young Australians. Overexposure to UV radiation causes more than 95% of skin cancers. There are five ways you can protect yourself:

  1. Seek shade
  2. Wear protective clothing
  3. Put on a hat
  4. Wear sunglasses
  5. Apply sunscreen

What are we trying to achieve?

The Cancer Institute NSW has four current priority areas and goals designed to prevent and limit the burden of skin cancer in NSW:

  • increase ultraviolet radiation protection behaviours
  • increase shade provision
  • ultraviolet radiation protection policy
  • promote strategic research.

What have we achieved?

Over the last eight years Cancer Institute NSW skin cancer campaigns have contributed to saving over 100 lives, reducing skin cancer cases by 13,167 in NSW, and saving the state over $60 million.