Learn about: skin cancer, being SunSmart, and how to incorporate sun protection strategies into your day to day activities.

Generation SunSmart


SunSmart is seeking your shade stories

If you’ve ever been to your local playground or swimming pool and appreciated the shade, or lack thereof, Cancer Council WA’s SunSmart team wants to hear about it. The SunSmart team is seeking community feedback on the availability of shade at public outdoor places and open spaces in Western Australia. The importance of sun protection […]

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Sun protection and swimming carnivals

Is your school planning a swimming carnival? Here are some ways to protect students from sun exposure during your swimming carnival: Organisation Use an indoor pool if available. Hold a twilight carnival, starting the carnival late in the afternoon and continuing into the evening. Schedule as many events or activities as possible early in the […]

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Why baseball caps shouldn’t come to school

Eighty-four per cent of Western Australian primary schools have a legionnaire’s, bucket, or broad-brimmed hat as part of the uniform. There’s a reason for this – they are the best choice to protect kids from the sun and to reduce their risk of skin cancer. However, around 16% of primary schools (and most high schools) […]

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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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