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Published on : Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The latest National Sun Protection Survey presents that only one in five Australian adolescent (aged 12-17 years) used three or more sun protective behaviors when outdoors. The survey also found one in five adolescents reported getting sunburn on any given summer weekend in Australia.
Smartphone’s are becoming fast and the newest weapon in the fight against skin cancer for young Australians, with hopes that SunSmart apps will boost sun protective behaviours. The use of app technology to engage and educate young Australians will be a topic of interest at the upcoming Global Controversies and Advances in Skin Cancer Conference (November 21-24), hosted by Cancer Council Queensland in Brisbane.
Katie Clift, Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson, said she hoped the Cancer Council’s SunSmart app would enhance sun protective behaviours among young Australians. “Young Aussies use apps to keep them on track with their health and fitness – we hope our SunSmart app can be used successfully in the same way,” Ms. Clift said.
Sun protection is required whenever the UV Index is 3 or above. Cancer Council recommends all five sun protective behaviours as best habit to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
The usefulness of SunSmart apps will be discussed at the GC-SC 2013 conference – a forum for international, cutting-edge debate across prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management, and survivorship for all types of skin cancer. The Global Controversies and Advances in Skin Cancer Conference is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of major, business and regional events throughout the state.