Essay On Skin Cancer

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Skin cancer is a very real and common health problem for Australians, with 2 in 3 developing this deadly disease by the age of 70 (Lynch, 2006). “Due to the Australian climate and lifestyle, as well as a predominantly fair skinned population, skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in Australia,” (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2000). For the most effective prevention against skin cancer, it is recommended that a combination of sun safety measures are met; slip, slop, slap, seek, slide (Slip on sun protective clothing, slop on water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade, slide on sunglasses), (Preventing Skin Cancer, 2017). By simply reducing recreational sun exposure, the risk of developing melanoma –…show more content…
Adolescents are failing to demonstrate sun safety practices to reduce their risk of getting skin cancer. A survey completed by 75 students at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School aged 14-16 years showed that only 12% of students always apply sunscreen whilst in the sun (Find survey results in Appendix). This is a surprising figure, considering 95% of the students surveyed have been educated on the importance and consequences regarding sun safety. To ensure that the message of sun safety is successfully brought to the attention of adolescents, a new campaign must be implemented, targeting teens by ensuring that it is equitable and caters for diversity within the community. EVALUATION “One of the most successful health campaigns in Australia 's history was launched in 1981, when a cheerful seagull in board shorts, t-shirt and hat danced his way across our TV screens singing the jingle.” (Sun Smart, 2017). The “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign encouraged Australians to protect their skin whilst in the sun, and raised this awareness through the use of a catchy song. Population health expert David Whiteman led a study of six populations with moderate to high melanoma incidence, finding that Australia was the only one of the six whose melanoma rates decreased around the time of the Slip, Slop, Slap campaign. Although it cannot be proven that this decrease of

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