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Advice on reducing health effects associated with ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure from the sun
Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two out of three Australians developing some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Continuous exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) may lead to premature ageing of the skin and eventually skin cancer. The majority of skin cancers in Australia are caused by exposure to UV radiation in sunlight.
The following fact sheets provide information on the measures required for protection against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR):
- Sun protection using clothing
- Sun protection using sunscreens
- Sun protection using hats
- Sun protection using shade
- Sun protection using sunglasses
- Occupational exposure: Workers exposed to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun and artificial sources
Links to key reports and assessments
- Cancer Council Australia
Skin Cancer Statistics and Issues
- Safe Work Australia
Guide on exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR)
- World Health Organization
Health Effects of UV Radiation
- International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection
Characteristics of UV and sources
- International Agency for Research on Cancer
Solar and Ultraviolet Radiation, IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans Vol. 55
The Wes Bonny Story (produced by SunSmart Victoria) describes his lost battle with melanoma and the importance of sun protection.