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Improving sun protection behaviour through evidence-based campaigns Volume 16 Issue 11-12

Sandra Jones, Lyn Rees, Keryn Johnson, Anita Tang

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 16(12) 189 - 191 Published: 2005

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Sandra Jones

Lyn Rees

Keryn Johnson

Anita Tang


Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the
world. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer
in Australia, with incidence rates outnumbering all other
forms of cancer by more than three to one. The Australian
health system spends more money on the diagnosis and
treatment of skin cancer than on any other cancer, an
estimated $420m each year. The majority of these skin
cancers could be prevented if the public could be persuaded
to adequately protect themselves from the sun.