Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with one out of two Queenslanders likely to develop the disease at some stage in their life. Research suggests that at least two-thirds of all melanomas occurring in Australia could be prevented if children were protected from the sun during their first fifteen years. Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) levels are also at their highest during the hours that children are at school.
Skin damage, including skin cancer, is the result of cumulative exposure to the sun. Research shows that severe sunburn contributes to skin cancer and other forms of skin damage such as sunspots, blemishes and premature ageing. Most skin damage and skin cancer is therefore preventable.
With this in mind, Christ the King Primary School realises the need to protect children’s skin and educate them about Sun Smart behaviour.
This policy aims to: