Getting sun smart tops the back-to-school list

Amongst the new pencil cases, exercise books and erasers, the Cancer Council is urging parents to stock up on SunSmart essentials as a back-to-school priority.

Queensland has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, and supplies that will protect children from the damaging effects of the sun should an essential as the kids head back to school.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said parents are being urged to stock up on SunSmart supplies to reduce their child’s risk of developing deadly skin cancer later in life.


“New shoes, lunchboxes and books have become back-to-school musts, with sunscreen and SunSmart supplies often falling by the wayside,” Ms Clift said.

“Our State has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world – sun protection needs to be a priority every time we walk out the door.”

“The good news is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancers – we can reduce our worrying skin cancer trends by taking a few simple precautions and practicing SunSmart behaviour.”

In Queensland, around 136,000 new skin cancer cases are diagnosed each year (3000 melanoma and 133,000 non-melanoma skin cancers).

“For best protection, you need to combine the five recommended behaviours: Slip on sun protective clothing, Slop on SPF 30 or above water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen, Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunnies.”

For more information on reducing your skin cancer risk or Cancer Council Queensland, visit