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  • Don't let the sun see your DNA

    Every year 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer. Up to 95 per cent of melanomas and 99 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, or ‘too much time in the sun’.

    Did you know… the sun can see through your skin to the cells beneath the surface and do damage to your skin’s DNA?

    And that damage doesn’t always repair… it can just keep building up and up, until one day… it causes skin cancer. So, don’t let the sun see your DNA.

    UV can’t be seen or felt, so always check the UV and if it’s 3 and above, protect your skin in five ways and slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.

     

     

    Easy ways to protect your DNA from UV and reduce your skin cancer risk


  • Check daily UV levels

    Check daily UV levels

    You can’t see or feel UV, so can’t rely on your senses to determine if protection is required. Check daily UV levels on the go, with the free SunSmart app.

  • Protect your skin in five ways

    Protect your skin in five ways

    You can reduce your risk by employing five sun protective measures when the UV is 3 and above. Read tips on how to keep safe in the sun this summer.

  • Self-check your skin

    Self-check your skin

    Do you know how to spot the difference between a regular mole and a skin cancer? Learn how to find skin cancer early by self-checking your entire body regularly—including skin not exposed to the sun.



  • Today at Cancer Council SA

  • Be SunSmart

    Be SunSmart

    Understanding UV radiation and how it can damage your skin's DNA is an important step to safeguard against skin cancer.

  • Do you have a cancer question?

    Do you have a cancer question?

    Cancer causes questions. Call us for the answers.

  • Donate to cancer research

    Donate to cancer research

    Read how Kylan found inspiration in loss and created an incredible legacy in honour of his mum.

  • Donations In Memoriam

    Donations In Memoriam

    Remember your loved one’s life by helping to save others. Find out about our In Memoriam program.

  • Fundraising Events

    Fundraising Events

    We have a wide range of exciting events that give you the opportunity to support our vision of a cancer free future in a fun, easy yet symbolic way.

  • Q&A with Dr Julia Morris

    Q&A with Dr Julia Morris

    Every day researchers are working towards new breakthroughs in cancer, but have you ever stopped to think how many are female?