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National Skin Cancer Action Week 2019

November 17-23, 2019 

Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.

This year Cancer Council is encouraging teens to be SunSmart with new research from the National Sun Protection Survey showing one in four (26 per cent) teenagers are getting sunburnt on summer weekends.

The survey compared sun protection habits of teenagers aged 12-17 over time to form a picture of how well Australian teens are protecting themselves from harmful UV (ultraviolet) radiation and the latest survey results show there has been no significant decrease in teenage sunburn rates in the last 12 years.

National Skin Cancer Action Week is an important reminder to use sun protection and of the importance of early skin cancer detection for all Australians.

More than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year, and Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially over the past few years.

However, most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection. That’s why this National Skin Cancer Action Week, all Australians are urged to use the five forms of sun protection. These are to:

  • slip on sun-protective clothing
  • slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
  • slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  • seek shade
  • slide on sunglasses.

A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are key.

This National Skin Cancer Action Week teenagers are encouraged to #OwnYourTone by using all five forms of sun protection to prevent sunburn and protect their skin from UV radiation.

If you’d like to help prevent skin cancer and raise awareness of sun protection, please check out our range of posters and social media resources below.


Downloadable Assets


Own Your Tone

social tile 


Own Your Tone

Facebook cover image


Own Your Tone

A3 poster

Own Your Tone

A3 poster


Own Your Tone

Social animation - Female

 Own Your Tone

Social animation - Group




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