Launch of New Skin Cancer Prevention Targets for Queensland
Queensland is the skin cancer capital of the world. Approximately 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70.
The most effective way to prevent skin cancer is by reducing exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation through improved sun protection practices.
Skin Cancer Prevention Queensland was established to reduce the burden of skin cancer in Queensland through primary prevention. The collaboration has broad-ranging membership including government departments, academic and research sectors, clinicians, public health, and non-government education and patient advocacy organisations.
In 2022, Skin Cancer Prevention Queensland formalised targets for skin cancer prevention, aiming to reduce skin cancer incidence by 5% by 2030, and 25% by 2050. These targets are ambitious but are critical for achieve improved health and wellbeing in the Queensland population.
The Skin Cancer Prevention Queensland target-setting report outlines the supporting evidence for these targets, and gives specific recommendations for next steps. Skin Cancer Prevention Queensland hopes the report will inspire all of Queensland to come together to achieve these reductions in the incidence of skin cancer.
You can read the target setting report here.