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 and programs promoting sun safety.

Why is this prevention program important?

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

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

What are we trying to achieve?

Guided by the NSW Cancer Plan and the NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy  the Cancer Institute NSW has four priority areas designed to prevent and limit the burden of skin cancer in NSW:

  • UVR protection policy to protect people where they spend time: at work, at sport and at school
  • increase shade provision
  • increase ultraviolet radiation (UVR) protection behaviours
  • generating and using new evidence to inform skin cancer prevention planning, policies, projects and services.

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.