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30 years of the Montreal Protocol – what it means for skin cancer

Many believe the ozone hole is a factor in our excessively high skin cancer rates in Australia. Stratospheric ozone does reduce the amount of ultraviolet radiation (UV) reaching the Earth’s surface. In reality though the hole is confined to the South Polar Region and ozone depletion has made no appreciable difference to skin cancer rates […]

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What’s wrong with caps?

As a SunSmart School, your school would have a legionnaire, bucket, or broad-brimmed hat as part of your uniform. If your staff, parent groups or students want to introduce a cap, here’s how to reply: Skin cancer rates in Australia Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. About two in three […]

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WA // Mixed SunSmart report card for WA primary schools

A new SunSmart survey has delivered a decent report card for Western Australian primary schools, but with comments that ‘more work needs to be done’ and ‘could do better with more application’. Cancer Council Western Australia has released the results of the 2017 National Primary School SunSmart Survey which show the majority of schools are […]

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Wearing a hat – Three benefits for the price of one

The 2017 National Primary School SunSmart Survey revealed that only 45% of WA primary schools have all teachers wearing hats when outside at lunchtime. Wearing a hat when you’re outside shouldn’t be difficult. It’s important for your own health and crucial in passing on health messages to children. If Western Australia’s high rates of skin […]

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