The cancer risks most Australians don’t know

Ever since the 1980s and Cancer Council’s iconic Slip! Slop! Slap! campaign, the perils of overexposure to UV radiation and the subsequent call for Australians to become “sun-smart” have permeated daily life in summer. Sunscreen use has been estimated to stop about 14,000 Australians each year from developing squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, and 1700 people from developing melanoma. Australia can be justifiably proud of its comprehensive tobacco control efforts, which have seen smoking prevalence in NSW adults decrease significantly, from 22.5 per cent in 2002 to 13.5 per cent in 2015. We are well on the way to…
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