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WA // Win $10 000 for shade at your school!

The 2018 competition to win $10 000 to spend on shade is now CLOSED. The winning school will be randomly drawn and announced during National Skin Cancer Action Week (18-24 November 2018). Ten schools will also win SunSmart packs. One lucky WA school can win $10 000 to spend on permanent, portable or natural shade. ENTRIES […]

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200,000 West Aussies now have reduced risk of skin cancer

More than 200,000 West Aussie kids have grown up with a reduced risk of skin cancer since Cancer Council WA’s SunSmart Schools started in 1998. SunSmart  WA Manager Mark Strickland said exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation during childhood and adolescence is a major cause of skin cancer later in life, and schools play an […]

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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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